Kukah’s wake-up call

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LAST Tuesday’s burial of one of the seminarians recently kidnapped in Kaduna is yet another sad reminder of how unsafe our country has become and the need tell the government to more than ever before live up to its responsibilities.

The homily by Bishop Matthew Kukah may be considered rather harsh but he would have failed in his role as the voice of the voiceless if he didn’t express the agonies of Nigerians who are feeling hopeless about the situation in the country.

Why should kidnapping and killings become so regular across the country with kidnappers and terrorists having a field day as if we do not have capable security agencies to stop them?

As Kukah rightly noted, “our nation is like a ship stranded on the high seas, rudderless and with broken navigational aids.” We are supposed to have a president and commander-in-chief who promised so much change from what obtained in the former President Goodluck Jonathan administration but the situation has deteriorated such that one will not be wrong to say we have never had the insecurity in the country this bad.”

As a country, we are truly at a crossroads and our future hangs precariously in a balance with no guarantee that the government in power has the solution to getting us out of the precarious situation we have found ourselves.

Kukah says Nigeria is at a point where we must call for a verdict. He is right. We cannot pretend that all is well with the country just because many of us are not yet victims of the senseless killings.

Those who have lost their loved ones and are displaced and live in fear of being attacked will be hard to convince that there will be some respite soon. If the government has failed to live up to its electoral promises and don’t seem to be in charge of the situation, we should say so not minding if one will be labelled a wailer or not.

It’s better to wail and lament to force the government to do what is needed instead of resigning to fate. President Buhari promised to protect the lives and propertie of Nigerians and he must do so and instead of allowing the terrorists to continue to have a free reign.

Kukah says Nigeria needs to pause for a moment and think because no one more than President Buhari who was voted for in 2015 on the grounds of his own promises to rout Boko Haram and place the country on an even keel.

This has not happened and the situation calls for deep introspection with the government willing to listen to all concerned on how to really decimate the terrorists, contrary to the claims made in the past. It’s commendable that President Buhari flew to Maiduguri from Ethiopia on Thursday to condole with the people of the state over the recent killing of 30 travellers by the insurgents but more than ever before we need a clear road map on how to stop the endless killings.

If it will take a declaration of emergency in the military as demanded by the National Assembly, so be it. The time to act is now.

That the president has displayed the greatest degree of insensitivity in managing our country’s rich diversity and has subordinated the larger interests of the country to the hegemonic interests of his co-religionists and clansmen and women, as Kukah stated, is an incontrovertible fact.

Buhari himself has openly declared that he prefers to work with people he knows, notwithstanding if they don’t have what it takes to make a modern Nigeria work. Some of his appointees clearly got their present positions not due to merit but for reasons best known to the president.

Father Kukah’s homily is a sober message that should prick the mind of anyone concerned about the future of this country. It sounds bitter but it’s a pill President Buhari and all those who can do something about the state of our nation must swallow and make them to take necessary action instead of being in denial of the true state of our country.