World Bishops speak on trial, harassment of Saraki, Dogara, Leah Sharibu, ex-minister


The Supreme Council of Bishops, also known as World Council of Bishops, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against the current travail of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and other members of the National Assembly.

In a statement forwarded to Daily Post, the Bishops said, “It has come to our notice how, distinguished members of the Nigeria’s National Assembly are being openly ridiculed by law enforcement personnel, and the Nigerian Police Force, thereby making an open mockery of the hallowed and exalted office of a Senator as a member of the Senate, coupled with unceremonious lifting and taking of Nigeria’s Senate Mace , a Symbol of the Legislative Powers of the National Assembly, without bringing to book or justice its offenders, and the like.

“The Members of Nigeria’s National Assembly, the Senators and members of the House of Representatives from these troubled States like Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Plateau, Nasarawa, Kaduna and the like must, provide avenues of interactions with their constituents with a view to find a lasting solution via provision of communal securities under the watchful care of their Traditional Rulers and Village Heads to, safeguard the lives and properties of her subjects, morally, financially, and administratively.”

The Bishops also cautioned the Buhari administration against further harassment of former minister, Oby Ezekwesili, who is also the chief campaigner of the BringBackOurGirls, BBOG, movement and her partners.

The clerics noted that Ezekwesili has time without number been harassed by security operatives in the Federal Capital Territory while demanding the release of the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in Chibok, Borno State and the lone Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu who has been kept away from her home for months by Boko Haram terrorists for refusing to convert to Islam.

The statement was endorsed by the Supreme Council of Bishops; the World Council of Bishops; The Global Advisory Board; the Global Council of Apostolic Nuncio (s); and the Prelate and its Deputies across all 7 continents of the world; the Central Executive Council Globally; all Regional and National Prelates Worldwide, and the General Assembly Worldwide.

The religious leaders called on all the clergy and Christians, adherents of other religions, and traditional institutions in Nigeria; heads of foreign governments, the Nigerian Civil Societies, the humanitarian agencies and organizations and Workers; the Labour unions and its leaderships, non-governmental organizations, multilateral, and inter-governmental bodies globally, to stand united, and speak out as one voice.

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