By Chukwudi Ikpe
The Federal Government has been urged to take urgent action to check the current threat to national unity. He cited the issue of insurgency and menace of Fulani herdsmen as problems that would ignite serious crises in the country if allowed to continue.
An Anglican Prelate, the Rt. Rev. Chamberlain Ogunedo, Bishop of the Diocese of Mbaise, sounded the warning while delivering his Presidential Address at the Third Session of the Ninth Synod of the Diocese held at St. Matthew’s Church Ihitte, in Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State last week.
He noted that insurgency in the northern part of the country as well as the menace of Fulani herdsmen have escalated uncontrollably in every zone of the country and advised President Muhammadu Buhgari to address decisively, as a matter of urgency, the issue of insecurity in the country.
The Prelate equally noted that Nigeria as a nation and people is autonomous, democratic, diverse, multi-lingual, multi-cultural, multi-religious and assumed to be united an bound together by a common heritage, but made it clear that Nigeria’s common heritage has been battered and destroyed by uncommon dominance of tribal hegemony.
He further called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ‘disembark on every agenda that endanger oneness and peace in the country’.
Bishop Ogunedo insisted that Nigeria’s nationhood should be revered with her doctrine of true federalism and administered on constitutional provisions which supersede religion and ethnicity.
He tasked security agencies to rise up to the challenge of protecting lives and property of the citizenry as well as ensuring that bandits and hoodlums face the full wrath of the law.