Bishop urges FG to make Nigeria secular state

The Bishop of Owo Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev James Adedayo Oladujoye at the weekend advised the federal government to start working towards making Nigeria a secular state.
Oladunjoye noted that such would not rule out religion in the nation but nobody would look at Nigeria with the eyes of religion.
The Bishop, who stated this in the presidential address he delivered to the Second Session of the Eleventh Synod held at St. Andrew’s Cathedral Church in Owo, stressed that late Bola Ige’s group were right in the last Constitutional Review Committee, when they moved that Nigeria should be recognized as a secular state.
The Anglican prelate added that implementing the committee’s report, would make Nigerians accept that the President or a State Governor can be an adherent of any religion and that nobody can impose religion over other people.
He attributed the current insecurity challenges facing the country on the forceful plan by some people to impose their religion on other Nigerians.
Oladunjoye also said the country may only be fighting a lost battle against Boko Haram, if President Goodluck Jonathan decided not to mention names of their sponsors.
He said some group of politicians have been linked with the Boko Haram before and after 2011 general elections but they are yet to be invited or prosecuted by the security agencies.
Oladujoye recalled that recently, the Unites States of American linked the military failure to tackle Boko Haram to the fact that majority of the military officers were sponsors of the group.
He noted that if truly the statement was true, what had the government done to prove them wrong.
The bishop insisted that until the government is able to find solutions to the problems he raised, the country may be fighting a lost battle.
He lamented the continued stay of the over 200 Chibok girls in the hands of Boko Haram, wondering whether all the international communities who had offered to help Nigeria in rescuing the girls were helpless.
Oladunjoye said if any of the top politicians had their children among the abducted girls, the people in the corridors of power would have been moved to action.
The bishop was convinced that some of the girls would have died by now, some maimed, misused by the wicked group and many of them would have been impregnated.
The Anglican Bishop cautioned the politicians, particularly incumbent governors and the President against wasting public funds on elections in order to remain in power.
He noted that if a political office holder had done creditably well for the masses, he needed not to spend heavily to secure his seat.


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