From Victor Duruamaku, Owerri
The Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Dr. Chukwuma Chinekezi Oparah, has expressed deep worry over the experience of Nigerians in recent times, in Nigeria.
Speaking during the 2nd Session of the 21st Synod of the church at the St. Luke’s Anglican Church Achi-Mbieri, the Bishop said “we live in a nation where the populace are getting frustrated day by day with the view that there is no hope for tomorrow”.
According to him, this can be seen by the rate at which Nigerians especially the youths and young graduates are leaving the country for other countries of the world.
He said, “Due to hardship, Nigerians are scattered all over the countries of the world, and yet they are not welcomed”.
The Bishop being disturbed the more by the recent Xenophobic attack in South Africa, noted that Nigeria in her good will, contributed greatly in the fight against apartheid in South Africa.
He lamented that, insecurity insurgency and other social vices are in the increase in Nigeria, metamorphosing from one form of evil to the other, pointing out that the Fulani Herdsmen, Boko Haram, kidnapping, killings, prostitutions, suicide and the likes.
In his words, “In Nigeria, one could not comfortably sleep with two eyes closed”. Adding that “Nigeria is rated as the 62nd out of the 64th most corrupt nations in the world.
Expressing hope in God Almighty, the Bishop called on Nigerians and their leaders to have a re-think and change of attitude.
“We appeal to our government to rise to her responsibilities of safeguarding lives and property of her citizenry”.
According to him, we also call on the Federal government to shun everything or policies which is not to the complete interest of her citizenry”.
He believed that the government should remember that Nigeria is a multi-ethnic group and should shun anything which could cause the disintegration of the country.
The Bishop said, that the church is appealing to the government to out rightly cancel and expunge the suspended Rural Greasing, Reserved Area (RUGA) and the likes.
He however commended the South East governors, whom he noted, declared that they do not have land for RUGA or any land for Fulani colonization.
The Bishop further said the church wants the government to provide and create job opportunities for the citizenry especially the youths in order cut down and eradicate all social vices in the land
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