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Bishop Nwokolo calls on FG to invest more in national security and verify failures – The Sun Nigeria

By David Onwuchekwa Nnewi

Worried about the killings currently rocking all parts of Nigeria, the Bishop of the Anglican Communion’s Niger Diocese, the Most Reverend Owen Nwokolo, has condemned the frenzy and challenged the federal government not to allow its citizens to continue to be sacrificed like chicken on a daily basis.

The Bishop lamented the current level of insecurity in the country, saying the phenomenon has become worrying with the resultant effect of population reduction and physical and emotional suffering inflicted on many Nigerians. The bishop insisted that the development was unacceptable.

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Bishop Nwokolo laid bare his spirit in a presidential address he delivered during the 1st Session of the 32nd Synod of the Diocese held at the Cathedral of All Saints, Onitsha on Friday.

The Bishop, whose address was punctuated by intermittent emotion, recounted how various terrorist groups operating as “unknown gunmen”, bandits, suspected Fulani herders and Boko Haram sects had constantly besieged communities and individuals in the country.

He called on the federal government to seize the moment by changing the narratives in the country, reminding the government that it was its constitutional responsibility to protect the lives and property of its citizens, a duty he said. , which he could not avoid.

Bishop Nwokolo encouraged the government to tactfully build up the nation’s military strength by passing an adequate budget and diligently appropriate it for quality military personnel and modern combat equipment, saying Nigerians could no longer tolerate the ongoing killings which he described as senseless. parts of the country.

During the confrontation between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), as the Bishop condemned what he described as frequent industrial action by universities across the country, he asked the federal government to have an objective assessment of teachers’ requests and to do what is necessary.

On behalf of the ASUU, Bishop Nwokolo urged him to consider his demands a second time, explaining that in negotiations of such a nature and magnitude, the parties in disagreement must change ground for a possible positive resolution.

“They should do it, at least, for the education and the future of our children,” he added.

The Bishop had also, in the 142-page document, congratulated the Governor of Anambra State, Professor Charles Soludo on his election as Governor of the State and thanked God for what he described as the peaceful election that installed him as governor.

He advised her, however, not to ignore the many challenges ahead, telling her that since there were hardly any good roads in the state, he should be generous enough to budget adequately to fix them.

About the garbage management at Anambra, he said: “While we commend him for quickly clearing up the piles of garbage in the state that welcomed him upon his arrival, we urge him to elaborate strategies on how to maintain cleanliness in the state.”

Highlights of the event included a fundraiser and performances by the Cathedral Choir. Over 15 Bishops and Archbishops from various parts of Nigeria attended the Synod.

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