Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on Friday rejected the admonition to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), saying that contrary to the position of the conference that Nigerians were angry, only those who have stolen the nation’s money were angry with the president.
Speaking to State House correspondents after observing the Juma’at prayers at the State House Abuja Mosque, he argued that ordinary people were happy with the performance of President Buhari.
Asked to react to the CBCN’s statement which harped on the frittering away of the goodwill hitherto enjoyed by the president, the governor stated: “Yes. I followed it keenly and one of the key statement there was that Nigerians are angry. Yes, it is true that Nigerians are angry but the question is who are these categories of Nigerians who are angry?
“The category of Nigerians that are angry are those who used private jets to cart away Nigeria’s money in dollars out of the country to South Africa. I’m sure you are aware that our money is still locked down there. Such money, if you bring it into the economy, a lot of youths that are unemployed will surely be employed.
“And of course, those that have looted the country dry and normally go to the church and mosque to pay tithe are no longer doing so. Of course, these are the category of people who are angry.
“If you look at it critically, the farmers, those with real jobs are happy because the economy is improving. In no time, we have come out of recession, our foreign reserve is increasing, no more bombing in Sambisa, no more bombing in the country, no more bombing in Emab plaza even as close as Abuja, no more bombing in Suleja and all over the country.
“I think those that are benefiting from these crimes and criminality will be angry and they are Nigerians. So, it is important to define the category of the people who are angry.