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Anglican Archbishop laments incessant killings, kidnapping

By Lawrence Njoku, Enugu
22 June 2022   |   4:02 am
The Anglican Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, said, yesterday, that the amount of human blood that had flowed under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, due to rising insecurity, is the highest by any government in the country.

Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma

The Anglican Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, said, yesterday, that the amount of human blood that had flowed under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, due to rising insecurity, is the highest by any government in the country.

He stated that the rush to obtain the Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) is because Nigerians have become uncomfortable with the situation of things and are prepared to enthrone a new Nigeria, warning that revolution is in the offing should anything truncates the 2023 general elections or an unpopular leadership foisted on the country.

Chukwuma noted that the current insecurity, hunger, kidnappings, killings, among others, indicate that Buhari had mismanaged the country, stressing that the last 23 years of democracy was characterised by abject poverty, suffering and insults.

Addressing the media in Enugu as part of activities to mark the second session of the 18th Synod of the Diocese, which would hold on Thursday at the All Saints Anglican Church, GRA, Enugu, the Anglican Archbishop stated that current happenings in the country show that the federal government had been overwhelmed.

“There is insecurity in the land, leading to kidnappings, corruption everywhere, challenges in the education sector that has made the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) remain on an indefinite strike. There is brain drain in every sector, which has promoted the desire in many Nigerians to leave the country,” he said.

Although he asked Nigerians to stop payment of ransom to free their loved ones from captivity, he stated that the Church is worried with the rampant killing and kidnapping of priests, calling on the federal government to live up to section 14 subsection 2 of the 1999 Constitution.

Chukwuma stated that there was so much deceit in the intelligence gathering techniques of the security agencies in the country, saying that it is worrisome that the sophisticated intelligence deployed to arrest the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Kenya last year, could not be used to arrest gunmen attacking churches and kidnapping people inside the country.