Stop gagging those speaking out, Ndukuba tells FG
The Primate, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev Henry Ndukuba, has urged the Presidency and those in positions of authority to stop gagging people who want to speak out against the ills in the society.
Ndukuba, who made the call when he recently led a delegation on a courtesy visit to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State in Makurdi, decried the worsening insecurity and economic downturn in the country. He urged Nigerian leaders to urgently address the issues confronting the country’s unity and economic well-being of Nigerians.
“Instead of tackling the problems that are facing us, the powers that be are busy trying to gag the people who are speaking out,” he said.
The cleric, who was in the state for the Abuja Provincial Council Conference of the Anglican Communion, decried the challenges confronting the country, saying insecurity and poor economic conditions had led to the
displacement of millions of Nigerians and made life unbearable for all.
“One’s heart bleeds at the sight of those staying in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps, but we know that God will not forsake His people,” he said.
Assuring the governor of the church’s commitment and support, Ndukuba said as a man that had chosen to honour God, he would always be honoured.
Responding, Ortom reiterated that Fulani terrorists are behind insecurity in the country, stressing that any day the Federal Government decides to put an end to insecurity in Nigeria, it will be done. The governor said it was laughable and shameful for anyone from Benue to say Fulanis were not responsible for the killings because of a meal ticket.
He thanked the Church for always being supportive of his administration through prayers, adding that the conference by the CON would rejuvenate people’s spiritual life in the state.