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Bishop urges sanction on Nigeria over killings

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•De-register parties with less than 20,000 votes in last polls’
•Group implores Buhari to be fair on appointments

Anglican Bishop of Jalingo, Foreman Nedision, has called on the international community to consider sanctioning Nigeria following the incessant killings in parts of the country.

The cleric, in an interview with The Guardian in his office yesterday, asked them to visit the country and assess the situation, which he believed would go a long way in stopping the massacre of Christians.He expressed sadness that Christians were at the receiving end of the killings.

“If the other people are killed, you will hear it everywhere; but if Christians are killed, no response. It is quite unfortunate,” he lamented.The cleric frowned at the recent upheaval in Jalingo metropolis shortly after the declaration of the Taraba State governorship election results, admonishing the people to unite and prevent reoccurrence.

His counterpart in Egbu Diocese, Imo State, Bishop Geoffrey Okorafor, has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to de-register any political party that performed below par at the last general elections.

Okorafor, during his pastoral visit to Jehova Jireh Chapel, Egbu, Owerri, at the weekend, maintained that any of the 91 political parties that was unable to get 20,000 votes in the state elections could not be regarded as viable.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has been implored to ensure that his new appointments do not promote ethnic and religious bias.The chairman, Ulamau Forum, Conference of Islamic Organisation, Sheikh Rahman Ahmad, yesterday, urged the president and governors to be conscious of appointments, so that all interests would be represented.

“It will not be fair that a particular state or region is given preference over others. Politics should not be a reason to cause crisis or hatred among kinsmen or faithful. They should not use politics to divide us on the basis of religion and ethnicity,” he said.

The group also urged politicians and political leaders to shun hate speeches. It is quite disheartening to find out that those mandated to protect hate speech are the culprits in hate speech, and the consequences of hate speech are unimaginable, he added.


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