Prelate berates Buhari’s plan to dump confab report

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

Bishop warns against dictatorial rule

The Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Samuel Kanu Uche, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of necessity, considers implementing the reports and recommendations of the 2014 National Conference to avert the looming danger ahead of the country.

He said the recommendations are good for the growth and development of the country.

Uche, while addressing the media on the state of the nation in Lagos yesterday, expressed worry over the increasing number of different insurgent groups across the country, which he said poses great security threats and challenges to the corporate existence of Nigeria.

He said, “President Buhari had better consider the need to initiate steps to organise a dialogue among all the critical stakeholders in the country or at best, take a look at the recommendations of the 2014 conference reports.”

This he said should be guided by the “determination to implement the cogent its areas, if he actually means to address the serious security threats looming over the country.”

He, however, posited that it is criminal, wicked and a disservice to Nigerians “for anybody or group to conclude that the report and recommendations of the 2014 National Conference should be confined to the archives.”

According to him, “Nigeria is currently drifting under the situation where we now have numerous insurgent groups springing up to challenge the government.”

He listed the different threats to include the Boko Haram insurgents, Fulani herdsmen’s crisis, resurgent Niger Delta militants, renewed agitations of the Movement for Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the Niger Delta Avengers, among others.

He warned that, “We cannot be using our soldiers to suppress internal aggression. The government should find out what the people want and be ready to grant amnesty if the need arises. The current development under the All Progressives Congress-led administration is weakening the foundation of Nigeria,” he added.

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