A cleric of the Methodist Church Nigeria, has appealed to the federal government to take adequate steps to end the escalating insecurity in the country, as the rate of killings is increasing daily.
His Grace, Most Rev. Chibuzo Opoko, the Archbishop of Methodist Church, Umuahia Diocese, in an interview with newsmen in Umuahia, said the killings are becoming unbearable, adding that the level of insecurity in the land would have an aftermath effect on the future of the Nigerian youth.
“We call on the National Assembly, the federal government to become responsible as the killings are too much,” he said.
He opined that state actors must enthrone honest governance to save Nigeria from its current drift to anarchy.
“There must be transparent governance, there must be honest governance. Laws should be respected, those who are found wanting in the East should face the law, as well, those who are found wanting in the North, should also face the same law.
The Cleric said laws should not be discriminatory, rather suit every region, adding that the judiciary system should be honest and strengthened, as well as other institutions.
“Let those in government commit themselves in ensuring that the welfare of the people is of prime importance. They should create job opportunities, as well as structure our universities to standard.
He noted that injustice, dishonesty in governance, as well as corruption have given wings to the soaring insecurity in Nigeria.
Opoko, however, noted that these vices have given rise to the deprivation of essential things that ordinarily would have been responsible for the well-being of Nigerians, particularly the youth.
“What do you expect from a nation where there is no justice, access to education, healthcare, good economy and political positions and appointments, anarchy will definitely set in.
“The young people have been disconnected. Many cannot have access to education, while those who have graduated cannot have job opportunities”.
He added that the country is challenged by the pandemic and also given the fact that our youth do not have employment opportunities, makes the whole thing worse, as they are prone to crime.
The Archbishop felt that the federal government was creating bad blood among Nigerians by its reactions to the activities of various groups in the country.
“If a group is going about peacefully, they are called terrorists; and if a group is carrying guns, they are not called terrorists.You can understand, there is no justice. That is why the young people are angry. They are angry in the North East, they are angry in the South, they are angry in Rivers, they are angry in Abia, they are angry all over the nation.
“There is injustice. This is the problem that is frightening me. Do we have a future for our children? I don’t think this is the Nigeria that I dreamed of,” he said.
He, therefore, appealed to the federal government to take the bull by the horn and return Nigeria to normalcy where the security of citizens would be guaranteed.