Cardinal Onaiyekan thinks the Federal Government know identity of Plateau killers
One of Nigeria’s most respected clergy says it is impossible to believe that the Federal Government does not know the identity of those behind the recent Plateau killings which left more than 100 persons dead.
John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja said in an interview with selected journalists that nobody else in the world will believe that such a thing can happen without a government knowing who they are.
He said it was unfortunate that many Nigerians no longer believe in their leaders because it beats any imagination that 200 people would be massacred with nobody seeing them, no one arrested or nobody called to order.
“Whether those killed were Christians or Muslims, that’s not the issue. That 200 human lives were destroyed is the point here. Similarly, I don’t really care about identities of those who are killing; but whoever they are, they should be stopped and they should be prosecuted,” he said.
Speaking further he said; “Nigeria, we’ve turned elections into crisis. Nigerians don’t know, for example, that in other countries you wake up in the morning, you go and vote and go back to work – even government officials. Schools keep running; teachers just leave classrooms and move to election centres and go back to class. No police sirens, no soldiers everywhere.
“Last weekend, it was only the APC convention that took place at Eagle Square, and the whole of Abuja was under siege. And I asked myself, what’s the problem? Who’s attacking whom? Why do we need a whole army of soldiers because a political party is holding its convention?
“And if it’s like this in the greenwood, what will happen when the woods are dry? No, we have to change.”