The Catholic Bishop of Abuja Metropolitan See, His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, yesterday, said going by the revelations from the surreptitious reinstatement of former boss of the Presidential Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, a lot of things might be going on in the President Muhammadu Buhari administration that many Nigerians were unaware of.
Onaiyekan, who was speaking in Abuja at the Bicentenary (200th) anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the prophet and founder of the Baha’i Faith, organised by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Nigeria said that the whole episode surrounding the Maina saga was confusing and unimaginable in any sane clime.
He said: “I am confused about the whole issue. If somebody, who had been accused, of misuse of public funds and public trust should be brought back by a government that is supposed to stand out against corruption, then something is happening that people like me cannot see.
“Maybe, eventually, we shall begin to see what is happening in the government.”
The sack of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayodele Oke, the Catholic clergy explained was not enough.
He said should the federal government fail to prosecute them, it would make other people susceptible to temptation of corruption knowing they can only be sacked from their positions after stealing.
“Also, there should be further actions beyond their sack. If nothing is done after that (their sack), others may think what can be meted to them as punishment for stealing millions is only sack.
“They should also be made to refund the stolen monies if they were found guilty and maybe we can forgive them,” Onaiyekan said.
He also urged Nigerians to see the merits on the lives and teaching of the late Baha’u’llah on religious tolerance.
The Chairman of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Nigeria and a former FCT Commissioner of Police, Barrister Lawrence Alobi, said God sent prophets to guide mankind to success and save them from errors and that Baha’u’llah born in November 1817 in the present day Iran is an evidence.
“Prophesies of Baha’u’llah are already manifesting in the quest for mankind to seek a common front, peace and unity. Baha’u’llah stood for sustainable peace and harmonious progression of mankind,” Alobi said.
The Chainman Councilors of Baha’is of West Africa, Councilor Martins Yusufu said it is in the interest of mankind to manifest and imbibe the lives and teachings of Baha’u’llah.