Graft is destroying Nigeria, says Methodist archbishop
Archbishop of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Umuahia Diocese, Dr. Raphael Okpoko, has said that corruption is destroying the nation, stressing that the fight against it must not only be total, holistic and unbiased, but those who are caught to have huge sums of money in hidden places should be charged for economic sabotage.
He spoke yesterday at the presentation of the communiqué released after the 56th Diocesan Synod held at the All Saints Methodist Church, Amuzukwu, in Umuahia North Council of Abia State, urging the Federal Government to quickly release the long incarcerated IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
He urged the government to harken to the voice of reason for Kanu’s release saying that by doing so, it would help government to achieve success in its efforts at “promoting national unity, peace cohesion and curbing of youth restiveness, government should not engage in actions that harm the polity.”
According to the archbishop, the multifaceted problems of Nigeria had engaged the attention of the Synod, noting, “Nigeria is in a state of economic stagnation, recession, political instability, social disharmony, religious extremism, disarray of families,” among others.
Lauding the anti-corruption war of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, which he said the Synod rated as being successful through the adoption of whistle blowing policy, he noted that the policy has helped in the recovery of billions of dollars looted and dumped at shallow graves, dustbins lodges” and other hidden places.
Indicating that the synod would continue to pray for its success he remarked, “this fight against corruption should be sustained without respect to sacred cows.
“Synod calls on the government to sustain the effort and use the recovered funds to establish industries that will give employment to the teeming Nigerian youths while culprits who are economic saboteurs are prosecuted.”
The Synod worried over the insecurity posed by the marauding herdsmen and decried the apparent ineffective handling of the matter urging the Federal Government to “checkmate the incessant killing of innocent Nigerians in some parts of Benue State by Fulani herdsmen.”
According to the communiqué, which was read out by the Synod Secretary, Rev Evans Onyemara, “Synod observed with great dismay that the menace of the cattle and herdsmen are causing intolerable food insecurity, hunger, traffic obstruction that leads to road accidents and loss of lives”, opining that the Federal Government should compel cattle owners to establish ranches where they operate.