The Archbishop, Catholic Arch Diocese of Kaduna, Most Rev. Mathew Man-Oso Ndagoso, has called on those who alleged looted the nation’s treasury and stashed it in America and elsewhere to return their share of the loot as a sign of restitution.
The Archbishop lamented that Nigeria is almost like a begging nation now and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently address the sufferings of the people.
Speaking with journalists in Kaduna to mark World Year of Mercy Celebration on Sunday, Archbishop Ndagoso noted that one does not need a soothsayer to know that Nigerians are suffering, blaming the current situation in the country on recklessness and lack of concern for others.
According to the cleric, “If the stolen funds are returned, they should be properly used to make a life worth living for Nigerians”.
He, however, warned that recovering looted funds only to be re-looted again would be dangerous.
Archbishop Ndagoso stressed, “Our nation is almost like a begging nation now, because workers cannot be paid, pensioners are dying everybody is suffering and people are asking again what do we do with these people? Well again we are people of hope, for those who have stolen our wealth; I know mercy and justice go together. God is merciful and just God”.
“Those who have stolen our money if they can bring it back, restitute it is a sign you are repentant and therefore those who stole our money and kept in America, whether they have built houses in Abuja or Kaduna or anywhere I think they should return it and if it is returned it should be properly used to make a life worth living for Nigerians and warned of the danger of recovering looted funds only to be re-looted again”.
“For us Christians look at what happened to good thief on the cross at the very last minute that he made paradise. So the point simply is that you can never say it is over until somebody breaths his last”.
“We all know what is happening in the country, even myself as Archbishop I am feeling the pinch, there are very clear signs that people are suffering in the land”, Archbishop Ndagoso added.