Cardinal Onaiyekan expresses Bishops’ support for fight against corruption

The Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan has expressed the support of Catholic Bishops in the fight against corruption by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Archbishop Onaiyekan expressed these views in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital in an interview with VON.

The clergyman however, warned against any abuse of fundamental human rights.
He advised the government not to take actions too drastic in the struggle, so as not to make life too difficult for Nigerians, and to ensure the international community does not have a negative impression about the fight against corruption.

Archbishop Onaiyekan, who said he was concerned about the situation with the judiciary and the nation’s image abroad, however,
expressed disappointment with the way the National Judicial Council (NJC) handled some matters relating to corrupt judges who were retired and again, given full benefits.

He suggested that sittings in the National Assembly should be on a part time basis and legislators paid only sitting allowance, especially as the nation is presently experiencing an economic recession.
Archbishop Onaiyekan also urged the Federal Government to continue addressing issues affecting residents of the Niger Delta region as it had to do with oil spillage polluting their environment.

Cardinal Onaiyekan also called for sustainability of the amnesty programme.

He also solicited for cooperation and unity among Christians and Muslims in Nigeria.
The Cardinal called for dialogue with boko haram, particularly for the release of the remaining Chibok girls that are still in captivity, and advocated for peaceful coexistence between Nigerian Muslims and Christians.