Foremost northern cleric, Bishop Pinot Ogbaji has condemned the attempt by some unpatriotic elements in the northern part of the country to undermine the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari by sabotaging the efforts of the administration in the area of security.
The fiery preacher said those trying to sabotage the efforts of the government will not go unpunished as they will soon be exposed.
Bishop Ogbaji, who spoke at a media chat with selected journalists in Abuja, said the punishment on those behind such plots would be devastating unless they repent, noting that Nigeria has been ordained as a land where citizens shall live in peace with one another and no arrow from the kingdom of darkness shall counter that.
While making some revelations concerning the security of the country, the renowned preacher said it has come to his notice that some politicians are working round the clock trying to undermine the efforts of the current administration despite the much achieved in the war against insurgency and banditry.
He said part of the plot involves reenacting some security breaches recorded during past administrations to make it look like the current one has not done anything differently.
“If you look at what is going on in the country, you will see that virtually all the security issues of the past administration are being replicated with a near or worse parallel.
“The massacre at Zabarmari in Borno was reenacted to give the impression that something gory on the scale of the murder of students at Buni Yardi which happened during the last administration has also happened now while the abduction of students at Kankara in Katsina State, is to also tar the image of the Buhari administration with something as gruesome as the abduction of the Chibok girls in the last administration,” he said.
The bishop said while it is easy for people to latch on to the infrequent security breaches to call out the current administration, there is no denying the fact that the Buhari administration has drastically reduced the level of insecurity in the country.
He noted that the current situation where bandits launch attacks on soft targets cannot in any way be compared with the sacking of communities and the taking over of territories by terrorists as was the case in the past.
“Nobody said that insecurity is going to be wiped out in one day as there are bound to be occasional glitches which is what we are witnessing from time to time but there is no gainsaying the fact that this administration has done so much to secure the lives and property of citizens that it should be commended,” Ogbaji said, adding that both the swath of territory the President Buhari administration has recovered from the terrorists and in terms of pop is bigger than many African countries while the population of people rescued is equally.
Bishop Ogbaji said his interaction with people in Northeast Nigeria revealed a deep appreciation of what President Buhari has done to secure the lives of citizens.
He maintained that those saying nothing has been achieved in terms of security are those colluding with saboteurs to give the current administration a bad name, as he observed that mischief-makers seated in the comfort of their houses in areas far away from the theatres of war do not understand the gravity of the problem hence is not capable of appreciating the much that has been done.
The bishop said it is not for nothing that all the governors of Borno State from Kashim Shettima to Prof. Umara Zulum are always full of praises for Mr. President saying this is because they experienced first-hand the difference between what was obtainable in the past and what currently obtains.
Bishop Ogbaji also commended the service chiefs for their relentless efforts towards keeping Nigeria safe saying the motivation passed to troops has helped in the fight against insurgency.
He said if not for the right decision the President made in the choice of the service chiefs, the entire Northeast and many parts of Nigeria would have been overrun by terrorists and hoodlums.
He recalled that immediately after the Zabarmari attack, troops were able to launch a counter and neutralized some terrorists, adding that one of the bandits involved in the Kankara attack has even confessed that they were sponsored to carry out the acts in order to put the current administration in a bad light.
He called on well-meaning Nigerians to be vigilant and to expose all forms of sabotage to the relevant security agencies.
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