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Be firm with restructuring of Nigeria, Methodist bishops tell FG

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The Methodist Church Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to take bold steps towards restructuring the country.

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Consequently, it urged the government to consider the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference.

In a communiqué, signed by the Prelate, and Secretary of Conference, Dr. Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu Uche and Rt. Rev. Michael O. Akinwale and issued at the end of the 38th Council of Bishops of the church, yesterday, the ministry implored the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to “systematically and meticulously uphold the constitutional policy and provision for the practice of true federalism and federal character in appointments to all offices and agencies, especially in the security sector to foster a sense of belonging to all Nigerians.”

It hailed the recent decision of the Southern Governors Forum on the open grazing ban, observing that it was in line with global best practices on animal husbandry to check conflicts between pastoralists and farmers.

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“Ranching, therefore, is the answer to the perennial and often fatal clashes between herders and farmers. Council, therefore, commends, the lead role of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, in signing into law the Anti-Open Grazing Law and recommending same to other states.”

The clerics also applauded the governors for charging the President to address the nation.

They also urged the Inspector General of Police, to as a matter of urgency, deploy all Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners (CPs) to their states of origin for better security, insisting that the time for state police had come.

The council said all tiers of government, media, mobilisation organs and non-governmental organisations should take concerted steps to raise consciousness and training in vigilantism.

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They also urged the government to ensure all abductees are released unharmed.

While deploring the attacks on police stations, especially in the South East, the council called on the government to deploy intelligence in identifying and bring the culprits to justice.

“The punishment of sponsors of terrorism and brigandage should be top on the agenda of the government,” the clerics held.

On the continued stay in office by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, amid his alleged romance with some notable terrorist organisations, the church sought his immediate disengagement and investigation.

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