PRIMATE, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh yesterday appealed to the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (SCIA), northern traditional rulers and Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) to take decisive action to curtail the serial bombings, saying that condemning and distancing themselves from the attacks is not sufficient.
He also task President Goodluck Jonathan to look inward, as there are disgruntled elements within the system that are sabotaging government’s efforts to curb the activities of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram in the country.
Okoh, who gave the admonition when he paid a condolence visit to St. Theresa Catholic Church Madalla, the scene of the Christmas Day Bomb Blast in Niger State, acknowledged that although the period is a trying time for the Parish and the Christendom, “but we are sure that evil will not win, even in Nigeria evil will not prevail so that the righteous will not put their hands in bad things.”
He said there are some people in the system, that are pretending to be concerned, but they are stylishly preventing the people at the helm of the affairs to know what actually the situation is.
He said: “The government business is an intricate business, may be there are certain thing they do not want to reveal to the public to avoid compromising their method, but I believe that there is no government that will see what is happening that will not be concerned.
“May be there are some disloyal elements in the system who are compromising the security, who will not allow the people on top to know what is happening and of course, it is the duty of government to fish them out.
“The message I have is that it not every body in the country who understand what it mean to live in peace, and therefore, I make passionate appeal to some organisations and individual whom I believe can help us to get out of this quagmire.”
He continued: “Like I said the first group that I make my appeal to is the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (SCIA) that it is not enough to condemn the act, it is not enough to dissociate itself from it, they must take some pragmatic steps in the interest of all of us, to bring about an end to this matter, there is no other body that is in a better position, to speak to Boko Haram”
“The second group is the Northern Governors Forum, they meet to discuss national issues, there is no any national issue that is more critical than this one, the issue of the security of the nation, if they can meet on other things, this is the critical issue that should engage their attention, they should find solution to it, they are in better position to find solution to it.
“I make my appeal to the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), they gather together to discuss what is considered to be of paramount to them, this of the paramount interest not only to the North but to the totality of Nigeria.
“If there is no Nigeria, there will be no North, so this is a very important thing that should engage their attention.
“I make my appeal to the political elites in the National Assembly and those of them in all the states to find a solution to this matter as a matter of urgency, because if there is no Nigeria, there will be no political office holders, also to the traditional rulers of the North, they can not distance themselves from this matter, because if there is no Nigeria there will be no where for them.
“We don’t know the value of what we have and we don’t pray we lose it, this is the time to act and anytime it will be too late.
“Any politician who is credible enough should help Nigeria to solve this problem of insecurity, make his mark in the leadership of the people, selfless leadership not a cheap popularity, if they go all along in the path of cheap popularity they will discredit themselves and their political carriers, it is important therefore for them to come out, help the government to secure Nigeria.
“Without that, if after 51 years of nationhood we have no unity, security and economy, the world we laugh at us,” he stressed.