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Bishops seek review of Nigeria’s security architecture

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The Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province, comprising Ibadan Archdiocese, Ilorin, Ondo, Oyo, Ekiti and Osogbo Dioceses, have urged the Federal Government to review the nation’s security architecture, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfil his campaign promises on insecurity in the country.

They said: “It is frustrating to see governors, constitutionally empowered as the first security officers of their states, being rendered ineffective by mitigating actions and pronouncements allegedly made on behalf of the Federal Government when they take lawful steps to respond to security needs in their states. We, therefore, join all well-meaning Nigerians calling on the authorities to allow alternative and lawful initiatives, which are established for protecting life and property like the South Western Security Network (SWSN), code-named Amotekun, to thrive.”

Besides, the clerics commended the federal and state governments’ efforts in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

In a communiqué issued at the end of their meeting at the Jubilee Conference Centre, Ibadan from January 25-26, 2021, the bishops urged the Federal Government not to allow anyone to use COVID-19 pandemic for selfish gains or interests.

They also pleaded with the Federal Government to allow medical experts subject to appropriate test the COVID-19 vaccines coming into Nigeria to secure the confidence of Nigerians.

The clergymen said they were solidly between governors of South-West in their efforts to regulate the activities of Fulani herdsmen within the zone.
IN the same vein, Bishop, Diocese of Lagos West (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. James Olusola Odedeji, has urged the Federal Government to take decisive measure on the lingering insecurity situation in the country.

He said that government’s failure to address insecurity in the land led to the quit notice given to Fulani herders in Ondo and Oyo states. Bishop Odedeji, who spoke with The Guardian shortly after installing Venerable Ebenezer Ajayi Adewole as the new Dean of the Cathedral and institution of about 14 Canons, said Yoruba people had waited patiently for the government to take action, but it failed.

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