The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan has declared that rigging of election in whichever means was worse than stealing billions of money that belong to the people.
Onaiyekan also appealed to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led executive arm of government to refrain from controlling the judiciary so as to allow justices, judges the free hand to carry out their constitutional duties without unnecessary pressure from the government.
Speaking in an interview with Good Shepherd, a Catholic Newspaper published by the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja on the sideline of the 2019 Cathedraticum Mass of the Bwari Deanary at St. James Dawaki, yesterday, Onaiyekan further lamented the wanton kidnapping and killing of Nigerians in different parts of the country.
While assessing the fight against corruption by the Buhari government, he alleged that corruption was even being perpetrated by those closest to the President, adding that corruption goes beyond stealing of money.
According to him, “It is not what I think (that the present government has fought corruption to a standstill); it is what everybody sees around us all the time. Everybody agrees now that right under the nose of Mr. President, stealing is still going on.
“The only thing is that, the press cannot say it as freely as they used to say it under (former President) Goodluck Jonathan. But the fact is there.
“But in my opinion, corruption is not only a matter of stealing money, there are other things that are worse than stealing money. If a government is not sincere in the things it says to the people, that is gross corruption.
“Rigging election by whatever means is even worse than stealing billions because in the rigging of elections, you steal my vote which has no money value; even the complaints that people are having about biased systems of appointment of key officers.