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‘Establish regional, state Police to tackle insecurity’

By Princewill Ireoba
29 January 2023   |   3:18 am
Bishop of the Diocese of Amichi, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Reverend Ephraim Ikeakor has condemned the level of insecurity in the country and called on the Federal Government to establish regional and state police as a means of tackling criminal activities frontally.

A heap of weapons are seen on April 21, 2022 part of small arms and light weapons recovered from bandits during Operation Safe Haven and during the military mop up in Jos and surrounding areas in Plateau State in northcentral Nigeria. – The Nigerian military under the platform of Operation Safe Haven has handed over 517 small arms and light weapons recovered recently from bandits to the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons following successes in checking bloodletting and insecurity occasioned by the proliferation of illicit arms in circulation. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Bishop of the Diocese of Amichi, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Reverend Ephraim Ikeakor has condemned the level of insecurity in the country and called on the Federal Government to establish regional and state police as a means of tackling criminal activities frontally.

The Bishop who stated that Nigeria is gradually becoming a failed state, cited political theories of Max Weber to buttress his point. He defined a state as maintaining a monopoly on the legitimate use of physical force within its borders and a failed state as when the monopoly is broken through the dominant presence of warlords, paramilitary groups, corrupt policing, armed gangs, terrorists, and terrorism activities.

“A nation where bandits, terrorists, kidnappers, and criminals take their nefarious activities to state and public infrastructures and facilities, like the airport, railways, correctional centres, military bases, police stations, and major highways, without resistance from the nation’s security agencies is a worrisome green light signalling a failed state,” Ikeakor stated.

Addressing worshippers at the second Session of the fifth Synod of the Diocese of Amichi (Anglican Communion), held at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Umudim, Amichi, Nnewi South Local Council of Anambra State, with the theme: “Strangers and Pilgrims In The World: Our Christian Status,” the cleric described Nigeria’s situation as worrisome, insisting that the country’s bad situation has degenerated from things falling apart to the point where people could only recall that there was a country called Nigeria.

According to him: “When I remember and want to discuss our nation Nigeria though unwillingly most of the time, the first thing that flashes on my mind are three books written by Professor Chinua Achebe, which include: The Arrow of God; Things Fall Apart, and There was a Country. Before now, we were shouting that things are falling apart in Nigeria, but now, every right-thinking person living in this country knows that there was a country called Nigeria.”

Ikeakor called on Christians to be mindful of their heavenly position and pilgrims here on earth. He explained that the Synod theme was aimed at reawakening the consciousness of being heavenly minded in Christians and urged believers to uphold and live out the heavenly culture and tenets as citizens of heaven sojourning on earth.

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