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Group demands disengagement of service chiefs for ‘inefficiency’

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•Cleric seeks prayers on massacres, others

A group, Talakawa Parliament, has called on the Federal Government to sack the service chiefs for failing to address the security challenges besetting the country.According to it, their disengagement would allow for the recruitment of fresh and more competent hands to tackle the menace headlong.

Addressing newsmen yesterday in Benin City on the alarming spate of killings in the country by suspected herdsmen, the group’s president, Marxist Kola Edokpayi, maintained that the security chiefs had displayed “the highest level of incompetence” in the face of the raging massacres in parts of the federation, hence the “need to appoint competent hands from the six geo-political zones with innovative ideas and strategies to tackle headlong the insecurity that has ravaged some parts of the country.”

He added: “We condemn the killings of innocent Nigerians in Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa and Kogi states, especially the recent mayhem in several villages in Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau State by suspected herdsmen. We also condemn the inability of the security agencies, especially the police, to provide security for Nigerians.”

Edokpayi also appealed to the government to declare Miyetti Allah a terrorist group, having claimed responsibility for a good number of the deadly attacks nationwide.He wondered why the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was declared a terrorist group for merely agitating for self-determination without shedding blood.

Edokpayi urged the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to be more sincere with its anti-corruption fight by being less selective. He challenged the president to rise up to the occasion by prosecuting the “corrupt elements” in his party and government.

In a related development, the new Archbishop of Power Ground Chapel, Benin City, Benson Nosakhare, has urged prayers for political leaders and unity of the body of Christ to check the incessant killings in the land.

During a press briefing yesterday at the church’s headquarters in the ancient city, Nosakhare said those in authority needed the prayers of Christians to rule well.Besides, he urged faithful to procure their permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) for the transformation of the nation’s political leadership according to God’s guidance.

On unity among Christians, Nosakhare noted: “I used to tell those men of God who are ahead of us that they should do a collaboration, let us come together because we are preaching the same gospel. Everybody can not be a prophet just the same way everybody can not be a teacher. And when we begin to emphasize more on fake prophets, we won’t be able to get to where we are going. God will never make any pastor a judge on earth because the Bible says for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”Regarding the massacres in the polity, the cleric submitted: “We should stop complaining and go to God in prayer.”


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Marxist Kola Edokpayi
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