According to the NEW TELEGRAPH, The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), yesterday, told President Muhammadu Buhari that his goodwill among Nigerians was fast depleting because of the glaring failures of his administration. The Catholic clerics, who were at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa on a visit, told the President in very blunt language that Nigerians at the grassroots were angry with him and his government.
THE PUNCH also made the same story its headline saying President Buhari, Catholic Bishops In Frank Exchange. The bishops address at the visit, copies of which were made available to journalists, was jointly signed by the CBCN President and Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama; and the Secretary who is also the Bishop of Gboko, Most Rev. William Avenya. The address read in part, “There is no doubt that when you came into office, you had an enormous amount of the goodwill of Nigerians, since many saw you as a person of integrity who would be able to bring sanity into a system that was nearly crippled by endemic corruption. “Nearly three years later, however, one has the feeling that this goodwill is being fast depleted by some glaring failures of government which we have the moral responsibility to bring to your notice, else we would be failing in our duty as spiritual fathers and leaders.”
THE NATION reveals; No Plan To Colonise Any Part Of Nigeria, Says Buhari. While discussing with the bishops, President Muhammadu Buhari promised yesterday to review the appointments made by his administration and take a second look where necessary. He also explained that the proposed cattle colony by the Federal Government in response to the killings and frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers is not meant to colonise any part of the country.
THE VANGUARD goes with a more dramatic headline; Act Now, Nigeria Under Siege, Catholic Bishops Tell Buhari. According to the news Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, yesterday, in Abuja told President Muhammadu Buhari that the country appeared to be under siege which required proactive measure, as hunger, hopelessness and deprivation are now the order of the day.
Still on the Aso Rock visit, You’re losing Goodwill, Catholic Bishops Tell Buhari heads the INDEPENDENT. Catholic Bishops in another earnest message to President Muhammadu Buhari – have warned that he was fast losing the goodwill that brought him to power in 2015. Similar messages have come from two former leaders within two weeks: Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida. The clerics, under the auspices of Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, met behind closed doors with President Buhari on Thursday.
Moving away from the Catholic Bishops visit, Insecurity: State Police The Way To Go- Osinbajo, heads NIGERIAN TRIBUNE. The Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday, said in view of the nation’s landmass and dynamics of security, state police would be an option to ensure proper policing of the populace.
Govs where Absent As Osinbajo Endorses State Police. None of the 36 governors was in attendance at a security summit yesterday as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo explained why Nigeria is ripe for state police. According to THE GUARDIAN, the inability of governors, as state chief security officers, to commandeer police forces has always been on the front burner of complaints about defects in the nation’s structure.
Killings By Herdsmen: FG Backs State Police appears on the DAILY SUN. The Federal Government said it cannot realistically provide security for Nigeria from the center, explaining that Nigeria has been unable to meet the United Nations’ recommendation of one policeman to 400 persons.
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