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Plateau cleric laments injustice, insecurity in Nigeria

By Isa Abdulsalami Ahovi, Jos
05 October 2021   |   3:33 am
President of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Rev. Stephen Panya, has expressed regret that after 61 years of independence, Nigeria still brandishes a scorecard of injustice and insecurity.

President of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Rev. Stephen Panya, has expressed regret that after 61 years of independence, Nigeria still brandishes a scorecard of injustice and insecurity.

Recollecting the country’s better days, in a chat with reporters in Jos, Plateau State, the cleric observed that in the early days of Independence, foreign countries held no attraction for Nigerians because the economy was good.

According to him, in those days, Nigerians enjoyed nationhood where everybody was his brother’s keeper and the country’s currency was sought after by developed economies.

Nigerians were living peacefully together in those days, he added.

“In those old good days, you don’t need to know anybody in authority before applying for a job. But now, Nigeria has gone through a lot of turbulence and change in a negative way. Since then, it has been a turbulent and fiery experience.

“Now, we are only hoping. There is still a slim hope. But my message is that as we talk and face reality, there should not be wickedness and madness. Let us fear God, turn a new leaf and start doing the right thing, especially our leaders,” he said, calling on political leaders to be just in their dealings.”

On his assessment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, Panya said that Buhari’s best was not enough for the country.

“Most people feel alienated. Most people are sidelined in all circumstances. Positions are being monopolised by few privileged people. There is lack of inclusiveness and equitable spread of appointments. This is affecting us. The appointments should be spread among different faiths – Islam, Christianity and Animism. If this is not done, the government should expect stronger agitations for secession,” he added.