Nigeria needs urgent rescue, says Onaiyekan

President of Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has lamented the state of the nation, and asked Nigerians to join partisan politics.

Onaiyekan urged Nigerians to stop complaining, and not leave politics to miserable politicians seeking a way out of poverty.

“Nigerians should stop complaining and get involved in politics because it is a serious task that will salvage the nation and give the youths hope for the future.

“It should not be left for miserable people seeking a way out of poverty, or for selfish individuals desperate to manipulate the system in their favour,” Onaiyekan said.

The cleric speaking at the opening plenary of the annual conference of the Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria in Abuja, pleaded with Nigerians not to allow despair and frustration to overwhelm them.

In spite of being on the verge of despair, Onaiyekan said Nigeria still has the capability to confront the challenges facing it and resolve them.

He also faulted the Buhari administration, saying it has frittered away the massive public goodwill that greeted it after the 2015 polls.

Onaiyekan explained that the hardships of the past three years has pushed Nigerians now to be considering a new political platform, apart from the major political parties for a desired change.

“Nigerians should get involved in the rough arena of politics. It is only then that a new kind of politics will emerge and real change will be achieved,’’ he said.

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