NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 28 – Nairobi Catholic Archbishop John Cardinal Njue says fight against terror attacks and insecurity as a whole in the country will not be successful without the full input of every individual Kenyan.
Njue said the public should give important information to authorities to avoid future attacks and also come together and ensure that no single citizen is manipulated to collaborate with terrorists.
“It is very, very important to realise that the security must be run by each individual. We cannot say that we will live the way we want and that the security is going to be given from outside,” he challenged Kenyans.
“How wonderful it is if every one of us as a Kenyan can be an instrument of peace.”
Commenting on the issuance of the travel ban by the United States against Kenya, Njue said this was not time to complain, challenging the government to seal all the security loopholes and prove to the world that Kenya is peaceful.
He said the government should start by the restructuring of all the security apparatus especially the National Intelligence Service (NIS).
“Before we used to have the intelligence and it was very interesting. If you coughed, even before you finished, someone somewhere would know who was coughing. So, something somewhere needs to be re-examined,” he said.
He however called on Kenyans to remain united despite the Westgate terrorist attack and cooperate with the government in its efforts to deal with the perpetrators of the heinous act.
“What was manifested by Kenyans after the attack, like donating blood and helping the victims, was very powerful. That notwithstanding the tragedy, we still went ahead to show hope and peace.”
Cardinal Njue was speaking to journalists on Saturday after a special mass at Holy family basilica in Nairobi.
The mass was to mark the closing of the process seeking the beatification and canonization of the late Cardinal Maurice Michael Otunga.
I Kenya case gets approved in Rome, the late Otunga will be the first Kenyan Saint.