Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has said that the visit of Catholic bishops to Nigeria’ President Muhammadu Buhari at the villa in Abuja on Thursday might be in connection with the inability of their church members to pay tithes.
During the visit, the clerics told the president that his goodwill is being depleted by “glaring failures”.
Reacting after observing Ju’mat prayer at the presidential villa on Friday, Bello told state house correspondents that it is the corrupt politicians who are angry.
He said since the Buhari administration had blocked avenues through which funds were looted, the corrupt can no longer pay tithe.
“The question is who are those Nigerians who are angry?” he asked.
“The category of Nigerians that are angry are those who used a private jet to cart away Nigeria’s money, in dollars, out of the country to South Africa (in reference to the case of alleged money laundering involving a former president of Christian Association of Nigeria).
“I’m sure you are away that our money is still locked down there, such money if you bring it into the economy, a lot of youth who 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 longing doing so. Of course, this is the category of people who are angry.”
He added that there are many Nigerians who are impressed with the efforts of this government.
“Among those happy with the current administration are farmers and those with real jobs… because the economy is improving,” he said.
“Our foreign reserve is increasing. 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 people who are angry.
“I want to urge Nigerians to continue to appreciate Mr President, pray for him so that the good work he has started he will complete it, so that Nigeria will be not of the woods.”