Diocese of Enugu synod tasks FG on insecurity
At the first session of the 18th Synod of the Diocese of Enugu, themed: “Let There Be Light and There Was Light: God’s Dominion over the Sieges of Life (Genesis 1:1-3),” held recently, Chukwuma, who addressed some worrisome developments in the country, such as security and economy, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the appointment of the new Service Chiefs, noting that the country has never been as unsafe as it is today.
Citing Primate Ndukuba’s statement, “Nigeria is fast becoming a land flowing with tears and blood because the reality of terror, devastation, destruction, and fear is evident,” Archbishop Chukwuma said it had become unsafe today for Nigerians to travel on most of the major highways because of activities of criminal elements, parading themselves as bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, and Boko Haram terrorists. He noted that the entire nation is under siege, while the government seems helpless. Decrying the deplorable situation, Chukwuma said the situation is no longer Nigerians’ dream.
He said: “Students and school children are not safe. Farmers are no longer safe in their farmlands and government officials are attacked on their convoy in broad daylight.”
Condemning the recent attack on Benue State governor, and acknowledging that though the action has been condemned at all quarters, he said the solution is not in sight, since no arrests were made. He wondered why the government that is an expert at sending the military to other regions of the country where there is relative peace has failed to send the military to Northern Nigeria that has become a shadow of itself. He reminded Nigerians what an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Gumi, once said concerning bandits, “if bandits are not assured of their safety and rehabilitation, they will not let go of their arms.”
“Are the bandits superior to the Nigerian Security Forces,” Chukwuma queried.
He said since the Presidency said it wouldn’t negotiate with criminals, they should do something tangible to contain insecurity in the North and other parts of the country.
The Archbishop regretted that the wave of terrorism is fast spreading to all parts of the country, citing that between March and April 2021, there were attacks in Anambra, Ebonyi, Aba and the jailbreak in the Correctional Centre/burning down of the Police headquarters in Owerri and other parts of the state. On behalf of the Synod, Archbishop Chukwuma totally condemned these devilish acts and prayed for peace in the nation.
On the economy, Chukwuma called on governments at all levels to vehemently resist the pressure to borrow externally for consumables and perishables. He pleaded with the government to stop increasing Nigeria’s debts profile, but should rather reduce them for the good of future generations. He said borrowing should only be for investments, which will yield dividends and not for consumption. While praying for the country to progress beyond its present predicament, Chukwuma quoted the following scriptures to warn various governments on the danger of borrowing: “the rich rules over the poor and the borrower is servant to the lender.”(Prov. 22:7).
(The Ven Ikenna Nwachukwu is the Enugu Diocesan Communicator, Archdeacon of New Independence Layout and Vicar of Ebenezer Church Independence Layout Phase 2 Enugu)
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