The Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church Worldwide has accused the Presidency of being flippant with its handling of insurgency in Nigeria.
Over 100 deaths have been recorded in the last seven days following attacks by suspected members of outlawed sect Boko Haram. Just as families of victims of attack on Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State mourned, the federal government celebrated Nigeria’s centenary in a manner many criticised as unreasonable for a country who just lost potential future leaders.
The accusation directed at the presidency was made by the Spiritual Father of Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church Worldwide (Ayo ni O), the Most Reverend Samuel Adefila Abidoye, in a statement yesterday.
Abidoye contended that with government having had encounter with the sect for about four years, it has enough time to have developed a strong data on the sect, as well as their modus operandi, their movement, base and source of weapon through adequate intelligence gathering.
“News of the last attack of the Islamist sect against Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State, filtered in while performing the turning of the sod the Vicarage of the Spiritual Head of the church at their International Conference Centre, Abuduka Village, Orile Igbon, near Ogbomosho, Oyo State, and worried at the wanton slaughter of about 50 school children at a go,” Abidoye said as he bared his mind over the incident.
“The impunity with which the Boko Haram sect operates in the country is a cause for serious concern. They have more or less limited their operation to Yobe, Adamawa and Borno States. This limited scope of operation should have been of strategic advantage to the Nigerian armed forces, to the point of being able to harness the resources of the country and frontally confront their menace. How long would Nigerians have to wait for this security problem to be solved?” he queried.
The cleric expressed worry that if the Boko Haram issue remains unsolved till the next general elections, it would portend grave danger to most Nigerians, especially those living in the North.
“The fast approach of the next general election should worry the Presidency. I must confess to you that many people in the North are not feeling safe at the moment. We live in fears every day. Miscreants and never-do-wells will exploit the general spate of insecurity to cause problems during the elections and put the own nation in peril.”
Abidoye therefore called on the security agencies to improve on their intelligence gathering capabilities, saying that only this gives the nation upper hand on the Boko Haram issue.
“I lived in the United Kingdom for 49 years before taking my present position, and I can tell you that the Boko Haram sect is nothing compared with for instance, the IRS in Britain. The British Government relied heavily on intelligence gathering to keep them abreast and ahead of dissident organisations within and without the country. I want to enjoin the same modality on our own government too,” he said.