Methodist elders decry growing insecurity, ethnic violence
Demand Immediate Release Of Chibok Girls, Sharibu
Leaders of Methodist Church in Nigeria have asked the Buhari led administration to brace up against growing cases of blood letting, kidnapping and ethnic related violence in the country.
In a communiqué obtained by The Guardianafter its 43rd annual convention at Methodist Church, Ifaki Diocese in Ekiti State, the council of the church insisted that security agencies must intensify efforts in releasing the remaining Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu.
The group equally urged Buhari to take advantage of modern technology in combating insecurity. The communiqué, endorsed by Bishop Sunday Aluko, the lay president, Alfred Ogunjana and Secretary, Titi Olu, said unless the spate of insecurity and violence are curbed, the scourge of food insecurity and loss of able bodied young men and women will not abate. The group urged winners in the just concluded general election to put the welfare of the citizens as priority.
They equally urged political leaders to pursue the unity of the nation by eschewing divisive tendencies of religious bigotry, nepotism, ethnicity that are capable of heightening tension and distrust among Nigerians. It stated that the issues surrounding local government autonomy and restructuring of the country must be addressed wisely, especially in the best interest of the country.
The leaders also urged the federal government to initiate concrete economic reforms that would lead to visible projected realities. At the conference, the group unanimous adopted request to the National Conference for the creation of the Archdiocese of Ifaki to comprise the Dioceses of Kwara, Okun, Ayedun and Ifaki, and also the creation of Diocese of Ado Ekiti.
They also approved the establishment of Charles Wesley School of Church Music, to train youths in church musical instruments as tools of evangelism.
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