Call for a sovereign national dialogue and new security measure
Nigeria is on the brink of becoming a failed state and we are not too far from Somalia.
The arrogance and imposition of armed cattle Herders or any other ethnic nationality and the religious colourations and preferences in our national life are worrisome.
The lop-sidedness in the implementation of some national policies and federal appointments favouring Muslims and Fulani is troubling. The issue of justice, equity and equality of citizens in a free and democratic society remains an issue that must be openly and frankly discussed, legislated and implemented for the survival of Nigeria.
We, therefore, call for a new comprehensive Sovereign National Dialogue by all the ethnic nationalities and regional representatives (apart from the legislators) to discuss all issues troubling this nation.
Nigeria needs a new civilian and democratic Constitution. We need the birth of a New Nigeria, where no citizen is oppressed; rather that everyone has equal right to strive for a good life. We need a nation where the resources are judiciously distributed for the good of all. Our present system breeds greed, corruption, anarchy and injustice. We need a New Nigeria for all citizens
Adopt New Security Emergency Steps: Considering the security situation in Nigeria, we call on the federal and state governments to declare a state of emergency on security for six months. The Federal Government must put in place and implement very stringent gun control policies for Nigeria. A situation where a herdsman openly carries an AK47 gun and moves freely in civilian communities must not be tolerated. Regional collaboration with the Sahel Region and our ECOWAS countries and Cameroon needs to be strengthened. Nigeria’s porous borders must be better managed. Where it is difficult to control arms and ammunition, then the Federal Government should allow Nigerians to bear arms for self-defence. The call for restructuring the security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police Force to allow for the State Police force needs to be considered and implemented.
(Culled from the Address of Primate Henry Ndukuba to the Church of Nigeria’s Standing Committee, September 2021 at Lagos, by the Ven. Dr Princewill Ireoba)