Don’t play into secession agitators’ hands, Anglican Church warns FG
The Diocese of Amichi, Anglican Communion, yesterday warned the Federal Government against policies and activities that could trigger restiveness and increase secession agitations.
IPOB, Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), and O’odua Nationalist Coalition (ONAC) are among the groups pushing for the disintegration of the country.
Speaking during the pre-Synod press conference for the forthcoming 3rd Session of the 4th Synod of the Diocese at Ebenezer Church Unubi, Nnewi South Local Government Area, Anambra State, the Bishop of the diocese, Rt. Rev. Ephraim Ikeakor, urged the Federal Government to treat Nigerians as equal citizens.
He also told the Federal Government not to encourage disparity in scores for admissions to federal schools, saying such could destroy the education sector.
However, Ikeakor said the government could resolve all contentious issues in the country by acceding to the growing public clamour for the restructuring of Nigeria.
“Restructuring is the safest and most morally upright way to address the numerous problems of Nigeria and agitations,” the cleric said.
“They say the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is a terrorist organisation and I continue to ask, for doing what? What did they do to be tagged a terrorist group, that is my question? I also ask, why have our President kept quiet on the activities of the herdsmen that kill people and sack them from their communities and claim responsibility,” Ikeakor added.
Meanwhile, the chief launcher of a book: The Imperative of Restructuring Nigeria written by Rev. James Pam, Mr. Jack Perry, yesterday in Jos advocating fiscal federalism in the country.
Perry added that all natural resources found in each state should belong to such states.
A former Commissioner in Plateau State, Nankin Bagudu, lamented insecurity in the country and the recent hike in petroleum price and electricity tariff.