‘If budget padding not stealing, then it is robbery’

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara

Cleric tasks Buhari on recession
“The people who are elected now steal the common wealth and they say padding is not stealing, yet they forget the law of God. If padding is not stealing, it is robbery.”

With the above extract, the parish priest of Archangels Catholic Church, Gadumo, Kogi State, Rev. Fr. Cyril Obanure, yesterday tongue-lashed the political class for mismanaging the country, leading to the current poverty level in the land.

Speaking during a morning mass, the cleric noted that the politicians had manipulated every opportunity rather than being stewards of the people.

“The message is not just to us Christians but to everybody. We all have to see ourselves as stewards and especially for those who have the responsibility and opportunity to manage resources both at the family, domestic and societal levels,” he said.

Obanure challenged the political class to be honest with resources put under its care and not to behave like the biblical cunning steward.

He remarked: “The point is that some of these so-called stewards that we had put there to be responsible for taking care of the resources of the state have cornered these resources.

“Why is it so? We have even seen that they have used the law in certain cases to justify themselves for manipulating and misappropriating the resources which is unfair. It is against the commandment of God. It is against the spirit of the Gospel and it is against the law of God and we have to denounce it.”

The cleric condemned life benefits for former political office holders, expressing sadness over the hard times civil servants face even after putting in 35 years of service.

Meanwhile, the Auxiliary Catholic Bishop of Abuja, Most Reverend Anslem Umoren, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to discard the suggestions of those bold enough to tell him the way out of the current economic recession.

Umoren, who spoke yesterday during a cultural event at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, Gwarimpa, charged the President to listen to the truth if Nigeria must overcome the challenge.

He added: “I have no doubt that he will accept the call made by Catholic clerics at the recently held Bishops’ Conference.

“He should be interested in the people who tell him the truth. If he has the interest of the country at heart, he should be able to accept whatever good suggestions people are making which will help him to move the country forward.

“I am sure the President accepted that he has a duty to the nation, for that was the reason he was elected. So, it is not how he takes the message because I know he will take it well.”

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