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Bishop deplores mayhem, urges restructuring

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Rev. Dr. Alfred Adewale Martins

The Catholic Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Lagos, Most Revd. Alfred Adewale Martins, has decried the killings by herdsmen in parts of the federation, describing the development as “very disheartening.” He regretted that no one has since been held accountable for the carnage.

During a pastoral visit to the Satellite Deanery at SS Michael, Gabriel and Raphael Catholic Church in Lagos, Satellite where no fewer 1,701 parishioners received sacrament of confirmation, Martins likened the situation to “a state of anarchy.”

According to him, Nigerians have been too regaled with empty words. He therefore demanded decisive action from the Federal Government.

His words: “The situation in the country is so sad and it is being presumed that there is no one in control.

“It is happening in Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa, Adamawa and the fact that no one is being held accountable is making it worse.

“The Federal Government has all the resources security-wise to actually do something remarkable for Nigerians to see a change.

“It is not just to put an end to the carnage, but to hold accountable those that have been responsible.

“Honestly, all these things that are going on are making people to think that there is an agenda that is being pursued and the government needs to quickly disabuse the minds of Nigerians as far as this is concerned.”

The cleric also called for the restructuring of the nation to guarantee protection of lives of people and property in order to give sense of belonging through resource control, noting that such move would go a long way in solving the nation’s numerous challenges.

He continued: “This kind of restructuring is the only way out to generate confidence in the country as a whole.

“Nigeria is a country that belongs to all and some of the comments we are hearing from some elders in the North are very discouraging and we are hoping that the government in power would fulfill all its promises for Nigerians to believe that they have not been deceived.”

Martins expressed satisfaction at happenings in the deanery. He urged the state and local governments to fix the depilated infrastructure. in the locality.


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