The emeritus Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogies has alleged that President Buhari’s war against corruption will fail. He advised the president to use appeal instead of force.
The emeritus Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Cardinal Anthony Okogie has said that President Buhari‘s anti-corruption war will fail if he does not do it privately and “personal”. Cardinal Okogie said this when he spoke with Sun Newspapers in Lagos. The cardinal suggested that it is better to appeal to the conscience of the alleged treasury looters than to threaten them.
Cardinal Okogie also frowned at limiting the probe to Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. He said this to reporters;
You see these five fingers, if you point one to that person there, look at the position of the other four, who are they pointing at? Me. That’s my answer for you.
I prefer something private and personal. Call these people; they have consciences like human beings, they’re Nigerians. Even, look at the way they’re dropping money. I read in the papers – you journalists are feeding us with the information – one person went and privately dropped over $1 billion. Not even naira. So, you call such a man, talk to him.
In any case, I mean, let him (Buhari) adopt a personal touch. If you come to me and say, ‘Bishop, you annoyed me,’ I will say, ‘where? Okay, sorry. You appeal. This is the kind of thing I will expect. But if you start saying you’re probing this, you may not even get the money until you leave. Even, after him too, you may not get it.
How many cases have we seen in court? They’re still there. I’m not trying to blame the judiciary. But, we all know what is happening in the judiciary. It seems we’re wasting time.
Cardinal Okogie’s suggestion is coming few days after the Sultan of Sokoto advised President Mohammadu Buhari to jail all those found guilt of looting and other corrupt practices.