– The Anglican Communion alleges that there is rising anger over the spate of killings in Nigeria
– Bishop Godwin Okpala says the menace of alleged herdsmen attacks has become a threat to the country’s unity
– He wants the executive and the legislative arms of government to act urgently
The Nnewi diocese of the Anglican Communion has reportedly asked President Muhammadu Buhari to rethink his ambition for reelection in 2019 saying many Nigerians are not happy with the level of bloodshed in the land.
The diocese claimed that emotions have continued to trail the president’s ambition.
The Vanguard quoted the diocese as 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 describe the re-election bid as a time bomb.”
The statement is contained in the presidential address delivered by the bishop of Nnewi diocese, His Grace Most Reverend Godwin Okpala, during the second session of the 8th Synod held at St Judes Anglican Church Oraifite in Anambra state.
According to the report, Okpala alleged that “the menace of the killer herdsmen in various parts of Nigeria has continued to pose serious threat to national unity and urgent steps must be taken to address the situation by the federal government.
“With the dissenting voices to President Buhari’s re-election bid, Nigeria will be sitting on a keg of gun powder due to the hardship his first tenure inflicted on them.
“The menace of 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 and if not checked, will destroy Nigeria.
“The heinous descent of these herdsmen on villages and farmlands, looting, r*ping, killing and kidnapping of farmers and other villagers have metamorphosed into frightening trends with use of sophisticated weapons, such as AK47, in place of sticks.”
The bishop added: “The executive and legislative arm 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.”
It was earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, July 10, led other leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, in a bid to ensure that the party’s candidate, Kayode Fayemi, emerges the winner at the forthcoming governorship election.
Buhari appealed to Ekiti voters to cast their votes for Fayemi on Saturday, July 14, to secure their future and ensure the development of the state.
The president, while addressing a huge crowd of APC supporters, said Ekiti people should be wary of the blackmail against his person regarding the herdsmen and farmers clash.