It was gathered that the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue the masses “from the emperors called governors” and check them from plundering resources meant for the common good of all.
The organisation also urged him to issue a directive that no public official should fly First Class with public funds.
The CSN through its two organs, Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria and Justice Development and Peace Commission, also expressed belief that having been proven to be corruption-free, “Buhari is in the best position to lead a moral revolution that will strengthen the institutions of state in Nigeria.”
The Executive Secretary of CCFN and National Secretary of JDPC, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey, in a statement congratulating Buhari on his inauguration on Sunday in Abuja, said his emergence would “re-establish our hope for a Nigeria that is not only an economic leader but also a moral leader in the comity of nations.”
In accordance with his inaugural speech, CSN pleaded with Buhari to “rescue the ordinary Nigerian from the emperors called governors, who usually take it as their pride of place to plunder at will the resources meant for the common good of all.”
Although state governors cannot be prosecuted because of the immunity clause in the 1999 Constitution, the organisation said they “should be constantly investigated by security agencies and the outcome used as a basis for a regular chat between the President and the governors so that in a proactive manner, the President will constantly remind the governors to direct the resources of states to the common good.”
Bassey said, “We welcome the fact that Buhari flew back to Nigeria in an economy class, and urge that a directive be issued as quickly as possible that no public official should travel first class with public funds, as this action alone can save millions of Naira which could transform whole communities.
“We believe that having been proven to be corruption-free, Muhammadu Buhari is in the best position to lead a moral revolution that will strengthen the institutions of state and the rule of law and lead Nigeria into a pride of place in which the black man will be respected all over the world.”