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Anglican synod asks Buhari to forget 2nd tenure

The Diocese of Nnewi, Anglican Communion, yesterday said that the intention and subsequent declaration of President Muhamadu Buhari to seek reelection in 2019 General election has continued to trail emotions, ranging from indifference to anger.

The Nnewi Diosese, therefore, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to have a rethink about his second term ambition , saying, "while some political analysts and stalwarts see it as another opportunity to consolidate his achievements, other Nigerians who were grossly injured with his administration described the reelection bid as a time bomb."

The Nnewi Diocese, spoke through the Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger and Bishop Diocese of Nnewi, His Grace Most Professor, Godwin Okpala.
The Diocese also said that the menace of the killer herdsmen suspected to be mainly Fulanis in various parts of the Nigeria had continued to pose serious threat to national unity.

Archbishop Prof. Okpala, in his Presidential address delivered to the Diocese at the second session of the eight Synod 2018 of Nnewi Diocese held at St Judes Anglican Church Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Anambra State, also called on Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness.

"With the dissenting voice to President Buhari's reelection bid, Nigeria will be sitting on a keg of gun powder, due to the hardship his first tenure inflicted on them.
The menace of Fulani herdsmen in various parts of Nigeria, such as North-Central, South-West, South-East and South-South zones,has continued to pose serious threats to national unity if not checked will destroy Nigeria.

"The heinous descent of these herdsmen on villages and farm lands, looting, raping, killing and abduction of farmers and other villages have metamorphosed into frightening trends with their use of sophisticated weapons, such as AK47, in place of sticks," he said.

According to Archbishop Okpala, many innocent Nigerians had died in the hands of the blood thirsty killer herdsmen and therefore," there is tension about ethnic retaliation."

The Archbishop in the Synod, titled "Forgiveness the Hallmark of Christian Faith" also said to many Nigerians the killings by the herdsmen was seen as a battle between the Fulani Jihadist against other ethnic groups in the country notably the Easterners and Westerners.

He noted that approaching it through religion that it would be understood to be an attack by Northern Muslem Fulanis against Christians in theSouth, while politically, it was an attempt for domination and subjugation of the South Easterners. He therefore, called on the Federal Government to use every arsenal at its disposal to prevent the insurgences from resulting to ethno-religious conflicts.

The Archbishop said the executive and legislative arms of government should be able to come up with laws that should command security operatives to remain apolitical and professionally responsive in the discharge of their constitutional duties.

"While we are not advocating for reprisal to avoid people taking laws into their hands because of its bad consequences, we advise that government of the day through its security operatives should rise to the challenge before it becomes uncontrollable, because the people may obviously defend their lives and properties," he submitted.

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