Anthony Okogie, the Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, on May 20, Wednesday, warned the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.
He advised the president-elect to carry out his promises to Nigeria and also watch close sycophants ahead of his inauguration to the presidential office on May 29, NAN reports.
The bishop also warned Buhari to be wary of “wolves in sheep clothing” and all the political jobbers who jumped ship to identify with the winning party.
Read his statement below:
“Now that the euphoria of electoral victory is over and with some days to the handover ceremony, the president-elect should get to work and hit the ground running without further delay.
“He does not have the luxury of time. He should not be distracted by the litany of requests, demands, recommendations, unrealistic expectations, and open letters at his table and in the media.
“He should also be mindful of the promises and commitments he makes as he receives delegations from different states, various bodies and interest groups.
“He should be wary of wolves in sheep clothing, sycophants and all the political jobbers who jumped ship to identify with the winning party.
“Yes, he will listen to all but must evaluate the motives, intentions and the principles underlying the request being made.
“As William Shakespeare succinctly opined `give every man thy ear but few thy voice. Take each mans’ censure but reserve thy judgement.’
“Before the elections, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari during his campaign promised to fight corruption, provide security and deliver on the economy, these are key areas that he must address with immediate alacrity.
“If he keeps to his words and pursue these three pillars of his manifesto to their logical conclusion, Nigeria will surely witness a tremendous growth and development in its national life.
“This will impact positively on infrastructure, public service, education, healthcare, power supply and foreign policy.
“He will not only succeed in steering the nation in the right direction, he will restore the lost dignity of government in Nigeria and deliver the dividend of democracy.”
It is worth mentioning that the Cardinal priest had already set the agenda for the president-elect. He advised Buhari earlier to give Nigerians a taste of good governance. The bishop asked the nation to be patient with the incoming administration.
Another prominent cleric in the South-south region, Bishop Emma Isong, has said that the APC doesn't know who Buhari is.