Catholic priests in the country have reported that the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, has failed in its primary duty of safeguarding the lives and property of Nigerians, adding that the president should have given a solution to the heightened spate of killings and kidnappings across the country or resign.
The acting Governor of Edo State, Mr. Philip Shaibu, meanwhile has given marching orders to all traditional rulers across the state to engage local hunters and vigilantes to flush out criminal Fulani herdsmen in all the forests in the state.
Shaibu, this weekend, led other top government functionaries to pay last respect to the late Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia, who was killed by suspected kidnappers
Shaibu disclosed that: “I must agree with our clerics that the government has failed its citizens in its responsibility of securing lives and property. If the issue of security was tackled earlier enough, we would not get to where we are today. We must turn to God to help us now as our land is troubled and only God will heal our land.”
He further added: “As a state government, we have decided to take our destinies into our hands and not push the blame. We are collaborating with security agencies and stakeholders in securing our state. We have involved religious leaders and vigilante groups, among others, and have adequately equipped them to strengthen our security architecture. We want to secure the property and lives of our people.”
Additionally, the Catholic Bishop of Auchi Diocese, Most. Rev. Gabriel Dunia had appealed to the federal, state, and local governments to do the needful by protecting the lives and property of the people which is their main responsibility.