The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Wednesday, reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Year message to Nigerians, saying it was it was not impressive.
CAN also picked holes in Buhari’s analysis regarding security, economy, and rule of law, stressing that his speech contradicted the realities experienced in the country in these areas last year.
The body further explained it remains skeptical of the President’s declaration of his intention to stand down from politics in 2023, describing it as mere political rhetoric.
It also lampooned President Buhari over his silence on religious persecution and other related crimes in the country.
CAN made its position known by its Vice Chairman (Northern region), Rev. John Hayab, during a media briefing.
He said: “It is unfortunate that New Year speeches by our political leaders have become objects of mockery and deceit.
“We look forward to the 2020s as new opportunities for the government to give some bite to its promises. Over the years, we have read and heard many New Year messages that were never translated into actions.
“Our leaders have become so insincere with their speeches; that the ordinary Nigerian finds nothing spectacular in them.
“The President said he will be standing down from politics in 2023; but we consider that announcement as a political statement. He once told Nigerians that he won’t be running for President after 2011 polls; but he ran in 2015. President Buhari had also said he would do only one term in office but he is on a second term today.
“So until he really shuns the ‘enemies’ of our nation, who are always urging him to recant his promises; and actually stands down from politics in 2023, we won’t take him seriously on this matter.
“We are all aware of the Christmas day killings and several other attacks by insurgents in the Northeast region. These clearly show that violent extremism and the networks; that help finance and organise terror in the country are yet to be dismantled by the security agencies.
“So the government must first come clean and be honest about the true state of insecurity in the country; before its lasting solution can be found and adopted for the good of all.
“It was absurd for the President to have said government’s actions at all times have been governed by the rule of law. If that was the case, all the drama we witness about Sheikh El-Zakzaky, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), and Omoyele Sowore would have been unnecessary.”