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Primate urges government to mop up illegal arms from non-state actors

By Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze, Abuja 
27 November 2022   |   4:47 am
Primate, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, has called on the Federal Government to mop up illegal arms and ammunition in the hands of terrorists and other non-state actors.

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Primate, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, has called on the Federal Government to mop up illegal arms and ammunition in the hands of terrorists and other non-state actors.

He also wants the government to liberalise gun ownership so that all Nigerians can bear arms. Speaking, yesterday, at the yearly Abuja Diocesan Evangelism programme tagged ‘Carnival For Christ in Abuja, Ndukuba decried the proliferation of illegal weapons and the high level of insecurity in the country, a few months away from the 2023 general elections.

He lamented that many communities across the country were under attack. He warned that it would be dangerous for the country, “if communities resort to self-help,” stressing that “there is still an opportunity for governments, at all levels, to deal decisively with the current challenge for peace to reign in every part of the country.”

He said: “Insecurity, economic hardship and all sorts of difficulties are confronting us as a nation. Yet, we are looking forward to the 2023 general elections. We plead with the Federal, State and local councils to do the needful. If the government is not ready to take away guns from the hands of those who are carrying AK47 and AK 49, we demand that it should liberalise it so that everybody will carry gun. If communities resort to self-help, then this country is finished. 

“Carnival for Christ is a weeklong event by the Diocese to celebrate the Faithfulness of God with songs, dances and the word of God.

Ndukuba urged Nigerians, irrespective of their ethnic and religious affiliations, to participate actively in the 2023 general elections so that credible leaders could emerge and turn around the fortunes of the country. 

In his sermon, the Anglican Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Rev. Aloysius Agbo said that the current situation of the country could be changed through the forthcoming election.

He appealed to Nigerians to vote for the right people on the days of the elections.  He implored Christians not to allow the present situation in the country affect the spread of evangelism and be kind to one another, adding that the church would continue to seek the face of God for transformation and economic growth.

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