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Johnson urges Buhari to curb insecurity, influence release of Leah as Shaibu


Rev. Akinpelu Johnson

Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos Mainland, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Akinpelu Johnson has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately adopt a more pragmatic approach to curb insecurity in the country adding that as a true father of the nation and all citizens, he should do everything within his power to set free Miss Leah Sharibu, the 14 year old Dapchi Christian girl who is being held by Boko Haram for her refusal to convert to Islam which leaves much to be desired in a country that acknowledges secularism.
He said this yesterday while he was delivering his presidential charge at the on-going 3rd Session of the 4th Synod of the Diocese of Lagos Mainland with the theme: ‘All things Come From You And Of Your Own We Have Given You” which took place at All Saints’ Anglican Church, Yaba Lagos.

Johnson noted that the issue of insecurity has continued to be a major problem in the country with terrorists such as Boko Haram insurgency and Fulani Herdsmen continuing to unleash their terror on innocent citizens made up of men, women, children, destroying lives and property with reckless abandon. The President of the Synod lamented that killings have not been matched with equal reaction by our security forces with many people displaced from their homes.

‘We express deep concern about the suffering resulting from raids on Christian communities in the Northern parts of the country and incursion into Christian dominated southern parts, a matter which seriously need to be addressed by the Federal government to restore confidence in Nigerians that this is a true government for the people, not truly having any hidden agenda.

He recalled Miss Leah Sharibu who had to celebrate her 15th birthday recently in captivity because a particular group that wants a particular religion to dominate the nation have refused to release her while it released others who danced to its tune in a country with leadership that is supposed to protect every citizen, adding that there were some Chibok girls who were also yet to be accounted for after four years of their abduction.

He also expressed worry over high unemployment rate in the country which has led to some youth taking into crime and urged the Federal government to do more in the areas of job creation, skill acquisition, encourage entrepreneurship, facilitate bank loans and improve important infrastructures such as power supply and transportation.

He called on Nigerians to be ready to vote in credible candidates come 2019 general election by getting their permanent voters card and participate actively in the election.He berated the level of corruption in the nation, called for government investing on quality education as he commended the Lagos State government on its effort to provide infrastructures and security in the State among others.

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