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Anglican primate lauds declaration of bandits as terrorists

By Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze, Sodiq Omolaoye (Abuja), Rotimi Agboluaje (Ibadan), Njadvara Musa (Maiduguri) and Bala Yahaya (Minna)
29 November 2021   |   2:46 am
Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev Henry Ndukuba, has commended the declaration of bandits as terrorists and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to gazette and implement the ruling.

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Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev Henry Ndukuba, has commended the declaration of bandits as terrorists and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to gazette and implement the ruling.

He said the government would exonerate itself if it comes clean and pursues persons involved in banditry.

Speaking at the 2021 Carnival for Christ, themed, ‘A Very Present Help’, in Abuja, Ndukuba lamented that the government had over the years played politics with the matter.

He said if the government had, since, called them terrorists, the international community would have targeted their sources of income, network, and picked up the leaders.

On his own part, former Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, blamed the worsening insecurity, especially in the North on the almajiri system, which, according to him, has failed the region.

He stated this in Abuja at the premiere of The Oratory, a movie raising awareness on the plight of street children at the weekend.

He regretted that young boys abandoned by their parents have often ended up as bandits or Boko Haram terrorists.

Also, the Presiding Pastor of Livingspring Chapel International, Ibadan, Femi Emmanuel, noted that the nation was sinking, saying unless the right steps are taken, it could become too late to save the country from extinction.

Emmanuel, who was a former Deputy Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, said no one is safe anymore, stressing that only restructuring and political participation by decent people could bring positive changes.

He spoke at a press conference to herald the 2021 World Lifting Conference of the ministry, which will hold December 13 to 19.

“Nigeria can change in five to ten years if we have good people there. And there are good people there. There are good people in the church, as well as in other faiths in Nigeria. Today, in Nigeria, the priests have been locked out, so the king does what he likes,” he explained.

“The solution to Nigeria’s problem is restructuring. What we have as our constitution are military decrees. We cannot amend the constitution we have now. Each region could have developed at its own pace using its resources,” he added.

This came as the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Niger State chapter, expressed concern over abductions and killings of innocent people by terrorists in parts of the state.

The union’s position was contained in a communique signed by its Secretary, Comrade Usman Chiji, at the end of its Congress, held at IBB Pen House, Minna.

The communique enjoined government, security agencies and stakeholders to synergise and proffer a lasting solution to the menace.

Meanwhile, state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Borno, Ali Dalori, has described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as “insensitive and unpatriotic”, following its comments on the disbursement of N500 million to displaced persons.

In a recent statement, PDP Publicity Secretary, Amos Adziba, had alleged that the disbursement was questionable and should be probed.

Dalori said it was disheartening for the PDP to politicise the return of IDPs to their communities, while the public and humanitarian organisations, including EU, UNDP, WHO and UNICEF were supporting measures by APC on security and welfare of displaced persons.