From Ochei Matthew, Asaba
The Bishop of Bomadi and Apostolic Vicar of Bomadi Vicarage, Bishop Hyacinth Egbebo has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to respect the rule of law in fighting corruption in the country.
The Bishop, who gave the advice shortly after the mass at the Deaconate Ordination of Bozimor Ezekiel at Our Lady of the Waters Cathedral Bomadi, Delta State, lamented the manner President Buhari was going about corruption cases.
His words: “Event seems to suggest that there is impunity in the way the rule of law is been exercised. I am very sad because we expected something better than what we are seeing. Thank God there is a drive against corruption, that is the way forward but the way to do it is not to really denigrate the dignity of the human person. Even if somebody has done something wrong, there are acceptable and lay down rules to go about it and that is what we prefer to follow.”
Citing the arrest of some individuals and flouting of court orders granting them bail, the Apostolic Bishop stressed that with the look of things, the dignity of human persons was not being respected by the government.
The Apostolic Vicar said any money carted away should be brought back to the National Treasury in accordance with the law rather harming some persons by selection.
“If I have to advise President Buhari, I will ask him to look for the looted money if there is any, but to pretend that some persons are better than other is a lie,” he stressed.
Egbebo urged the Federal Government to address youth unemployment in order to discourage them from taking to social vices as he noted that priest are now target for kidnapping.
He also called on the Federal Government to bring illegal refineries together and turn them into cottages industries rather than destroying them: “It was because of unavailability petrol and diesel in our locality that prompted these youths to engage in local refineries. It is hazardous but government is supposed to bring them together, assist them and discourage pipeline vandalism.
The high point of the occasion was the ordination of Rev. Fr. Bzimor Ezekiel according to the catholic doctrine.