4th December, 2021
Former Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has said that if insecurity continued in the country till 2023, Nigeria has failed as a nation.
He said there was no reason why the spate of insecurity should continue like this till 2023 and that there was no reason the nation should not be able to finally settle this problem before the 2022 is over.
“If it is not over, it means we have failed as a nation and the question will no longer be whether we can have election or not, but whether it makes sense even having an election because we don’t have a country; the matter is serious,” Onaiyekan told The Punch in an interview in Abuja.
According to him, he was not even sure whether Nigeria would be one country or whether the nation would have an independent country.
“So, those are issues we must face now. As for holding election, it is not a big deal really. Election is a normal practice and in a democratic environment, if the environment is really democratic and peaceful, the election will come by its own,” he said.
Onaiyekan stated that Nigerian politicians were always greedy, exhibit wickedness and stupidity.
He added that it was not only in Nigeria these were happening, but in Cameroon where Paul Biya had been there for more than 30 years.
“Cameroon is not moving and he is not moving, why is he sitting there? So, they are worse than us,” he said.