January 21, 2013

Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie criticized oil pipeline vandalism that led to the death more than two dozen youths, saying if they had had jobs, their deaths might have been avoided.

The cardinal, retired archbishop of Lagos, Nigeria, urged the nation’s leaders to save the country from imminent collapse.

Young people, fighting over who would get to siphon crude oil from a ruptured pipeline in Arepo, a suburb of Lagos, were roasted in a fire that officials believe was triggered by gunshots.

Okogie said if federal and state governments were providing jobs for the unemployed youths, they would not have resorted to vandalism of the pipelines.