General Overseer of the Evangelical Bible Outreach Ministries International (EBOMI), Prophet Isa El-Buba, has stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is gradually worsening the prospects of unity and cohesion in Nigeria, stressing that the country “is already drifting towards war” due to certain tendencies, actions, and policies of the administration.
He said because of the insincerity of those in power and because of the personal benefits they derive as the war rages, Boko Haram terrorism will continue until its perpetrators in power decide to end it.
El-Buba disclosed this while addressing journalists in Jos, the Plateau State Capital, on the state of the nation.
He maintained that it was regrettable that Nigeria has never had it so bad, citing the manner insecurity has spread across the land; the impunity that has characterised the operations of bandits as well as the impetus of herdsmen carrying out sporadic killings in different parts of the country.
The General Overseer also said, “there is too much of insincerity, deceit, injustice, and sundry vices that manifest in the day-to-day running of the Buhari-administration, with very little hope for the youths and other ethnic components of the country.
“In spite of Government’s claim of winning the war against the Boko Haram insurgents in the North East, Nigerian troops are being daily decimated and depleted as secret burials are often carried out in Maiduguri, without the authorities informing the families of the dead soldiers or making the burials public.”
El-Buba further said, “the insincerity of those in power, because of the personal benefits they derive as the Boko Haram war rages will continue until its perpetrators in power decide to end it”.
Speaking on the ministerial designate, the Clergy described the proposed cabinet as “uninspiring and unambitious” for good governance.
He pointed out that, “the Buhari government has given no hope to the youth population of this country, because the composition of the cabinet, replete as it is with characters of questionable moral pedigree, does not have the outlook or determination to re-position the public space and forge a new direction predicated on moral rectitude.”
Speaking on the continuous disobedience of court bail order for El-Zakzaky by the Buhari government, the cleric described their action as “primitive and punitive stance”, saying their insistence on keeping the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) in the cell of the State security has neither helped the cause of justice nor the prospect of democracy in Nigeria.
He urged the Buhari government to be careful in handling the El-Zakzzaky issue, noting that if the detained IMN leader dies in government custody, the consequences could be more than imagined.
In the same vein, the General Overseer carpeted President Buhari over the arrest and detention of the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, for proposing to stage a pro-revolutionary protest against the “ills, injustices, failures, and ethnic and geopolitical inequalities prompted by the present administration”.
He said while the idea of ‘revolution’ is not patently negative or strictly connoting change of government, there was no basis to arrest Sowore, or use state security to abort the protest, saying it amounts to hypocrisy as Buhari and his government have benefited from such ‘revolutionary’ protests in the past.