By Chukwudi Ikpe
The state of insecurity perpetuated by the “unknown” armed herdsmen threatening the peace and already fragile unity of the country has been decried.
In a 10-point communiqué issued at the end of its Second Session of the Tenth Synod, held at Basilica of Grace, Gudu, Abuja, which was signed by the Primate of All Nigeria and Bishop of Abuja Diocese, The Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh, The Anglican Diocese of Abuja noted that dangerous herdsmen were ravaging communities, destroying farms, raping women and killing people.
It described as unfortunate the recent killing of two Reverend Fathers alongside the worshippers in Benue State which provoked international outrage, calling on the Federal Government to disarm the herdsmen, stop the barbaric killings, restore peace and recover Nigeria from the killers.
The synod went ahead to condemn the kidnap of the Dapchi school girls and noted that the area was still not secured, while commending the release and return of the girls, the synod urged the Federal Government to make deliberate efforts to see that Leah Sharibu, the remaining Dapchi girl who is still in captivity for her refusal to deny her Christian Faith, is released unhurt without further delay.
The Synod reminded the Federal Government that since the release of the second batch of 82 Chibok girls that had been held captive by the Boko Haram sect for more than two years, a large number of the girls are still missing. It, therefore, called on the Federal Government to hasten action on their rescue to end the years of trauma for the girls and their parents and commended the Bring Back Our Girls group for keeping the matter ever fresh in public consciousness.
The synod which noted experts’ claims that Nigeria has officially exited recession, however, expressed reservations on the issue, stressing that the reality around the country does not suggest the claim since the negative impact of recession was still being felt. It charges the Federal Government to intensify efforts to see that the exit from recession translates into improved life for Nigerians.