The Presidency on Monday lashed back at the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Rt. Rev. Fr. Stephen Mamza, who unguardedly had described President Muhammadu Buhari as ”sleeping on duty as Commander-in-Chief.”
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, said the comment was unbecoming of a religious leader, to engage ”in an action that broke the old tradition of staying above politics”.
The presidential aide not only described the comment unfair, but also went further to educate him on President Buhari’s various efforts to improve the state of affairs in Nigeria, particularly in the North east, ravaged by Boko Haram before May 29, 2015.
Shehu said: ”In an action that broke the old tradition of staying above politics, the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Rt. Rev. Fr. Stephen Mamza delivered a homily in which he spoke angrily against President Muhammadu Buhari, whom he described as ‘sleeping on duty as Commander-in-Chief.’
”This is not a fair comment.
”There is so much that has changed in the past three to four years in and around Yola, and the Catholic Church in particular that a true assessment would show that but for the Change Administration of President Buhari, things would have continued the way they were, or even get worse. These could not have happened if a Commander-in- Chief was asleep.”