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Saturday, 4 June 2016
Anglican bishops meet Buhari over vandalism, herdsmen’s attacks
Anglican Bishops on Friday sought to know from President Muhammadu Buhari what his administration is doing to tackle the spate of insecurity, especially pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta and herdsmen’s attacks in some parts of the country.
The bishops tabled their request before the President during a meeting they had with him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Okoh said, “We told him (the President) many things, but part of it is that we are all looking for solutions to issues of the herdsmen; the issue of vandalism; on security in one way or the other because the people are asking us and we want to have explanation for the people whom we lead.”The Primate, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh, who led the bishops to the meeting, disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents.
When asked what the response of the President was to the request, the clergyman said Buhari gave them a detailed explanation of what he was doing to address the situation.
Okoh said, “(His response was) very favourable. He gave us detailed explanations of what he is doing to ensure that these things are solved. So, we have hope; we have a message for our people.”
The bishop also said Buhari had been busy in clearing the table in his first one year in office.
He said while he was trying, the President could do better.
According to him, the bishops look forward to more concrete achievements soon.
He said, “We believe that so far, it has been okay because of the difficulties of the time and between now and the next one year, we are looking forward to something more direct now; something that will get to the people easily.”
This is just as the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion urged the Federal Government to tactically handle the Niger Delta Avengers to avoid further destruction of properties and facilities by the militants.
The church also condemned the N940m earmarked for grazing in the 2016 budget by the Federal Government, which it said smacked of discrimination and favoritism of one tribe over the other.
It made the calls in a communiqué issued at the 6th Synod of the Ekiti West Diocese held in Aramoko Ekiti.
Decrying the spate of killings of innocent Nigerians by Fulani herdsmen, the Synod called on the Federal Government to “immediately bring these mindless killings to a halt.”
Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria in Ondo State has accused President Buhari of enlisting Nigeria among the 34 Muslim countries.
Addressing journalists in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the chairman of the association in the state, Rev. John Oladapo, urged the President to shun any policy that could cause religious crisis in the country.
He said, “Muslims and Christians voted for the President. So, Buhari should not make any policy that will show bias against the Christians.”
According to him, the alleged inclusion of Nigeria in the Saudi Arabia Military Coalition of “Muslim/Arab” nations will appear that the foreign policy of the Buhari’s administration is to make Nigeria a satellite state of Saudi Arabia.”