By Jon Egie




Bishop Diamond Emobor

Bishop Diamond Emobor

For failing to protect the lives of Nigerians according to the oath of office he took, President Muhammadu Buhari has breached the Constitution and he needs to resign or be impeached by the National Assembly if the federal lawmakers are wise enough to pursue national interest and not sectional or partisan interest.

This was the view of Bishop Diamond Emuobor, Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Ughelli, Delta State while fielding questions from Spy News on the security situation in Nigeria and the letters of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babaginda urging President Buhari to retire from the leadership class.

Commenting on the letters of the past leaders to PMB, Bishop Emuobor wondered if Nigeria as a nation, was raised for retired soldiers to rule saying that from the trends of events it appears those who know how to handle the gun, threaten and kill people are the only ones best fit to battle for the soul of Nigeria leadership.

“Whereas, soldiers are meant to defend the territorial integrity of a nation and not to rule and reign, but since the 1967-1970 Nigerian Civil War, when soldiers came face to face with authourity to use money without being questioned, it has driven a character in the Nigerian soldier, serving and retired, that they are the best. This is an aberration because soldiers are not equipped for political leadership of a country but to support and protect the country from external invasion and internal unrest.

“Presently, kidnappers have under studied the character of soldiers who coerce people to do what they do not want to do. Boko Haram and militants force government to do what it does not want to do and now, herdsmen have under studied that and are in the game to force people to do what they do not want to do. This is the bane of Nigeria leadership.

He said because the Nigeria Constitution (1999) as amended allows PMB to seek re-election, the letters of OBJ and IBB were ultra vires since only Buhari ought to advise himself to seek re-election or not.

But he pointed out that PMB is a religionist to the core and he is out to protect his religion to the letter irrespective of the fact that Nigeria is a secular state and because he came with the mind- set of a religious bigot that is why he is having dotted lines of uncomplimentary character.

“His main agenda of fighting corruption is sacrosanct, unfortunately, all around Buhari do not have this character and because he is not in charge of his government, the story has remained unchanged. Buhari was supposed to school members of his cabinet on how he wanted this country to be but he failed to carry them along. He ought to tell them what he wanted his leadership to be, spell consequences for violating his rule, jail those who flout the rule; but he failed, otherwise he would have done very well.

Asked if the failure implied that Buhari is a weak leader, Bishop Emuobor said Buhari is not a weak leader but a lone ranger.

“Buhari is not a weak leader. No leader can lead alone. He has no convinced assistants to serve his purpose. He is a lone ranger and all those around him are contractors. He has the mind but his cabinet members have a different thought flow.

“Buhari has sold out a testimony of an untrustworthy president by the way he appointed members of his cabinet and consequently, all those singing his praises are sycophants and nobody is going to dance to the Buhari tune, even his wife, Aisha has rejected the lyrics”.

Speaking on the lackadaisical approach of PMB to the ravaging menace of herdsmen across the country, the CAN chairman noted that Buhari is a Trustee of the Fulani herdsmen and so he cannot take action against his own people and followers whose interest he is obliged to protect and that is why he has called on Nigerians to accommodate the herdsmen as neighbours.

“Buhari’s hands are tied. He was elected to protect Nigerian and not only Fulani people or herdsmen and by failing in his duty he has breached the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and could be impeached if the members of the National Assembly are wise enough to pursue national interest and not sectional or partisan interest.”

He condemned the recent kidnap of 110 school girls in Dapchi, Yobe State in spite of claims by the Buhari administration that Boko Haram has been technically defeated asserting that Nigeria government has not decided to wage war against Boko Haram and the day the Nigeria government decides that Boko Haram be eliminated the terrorist group would be eliminated.

“PMB should wake up and make Nigeria proud as she should be” the Bishop charged.