Emergency Rule In Northern States Will Produce No Results – Anglican Communion

The Most Revd Nicholas Okoh
The Most Revd Nicholas Okoh

The Anglican Communion in Nigeria has opposed plans by the government to impose emergency rule in the troubled northern states.

The church believes what is required is a comprehensive approach to tackling insecurity in the country, and not the imposition of emergency rule.

Speaking to a press conference in Abuja on Monday, on the eighth Synod of the church, scheduled to start on Thursday in Abuja, the Primate of the church, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, recalled that selected declaration of emergency rule, as witnessed in parts of Borno and Yobe states in the past “did not change anything.”

“Insecurity should be addressed comprehensively. If you declare emergency rule in Nasarawa, the people move to Benue. When you declare in Benue, they move to another place.”

The primate also said the exchange of hot words between the leaders of Niger Delta and the North on 2015 presidential election and other issues were an indication of insecurity in the land.

Describing the insecurity posed by Boko Haram and another deadly group, Ombatshe Militia Cult in Nasarawa State as a national issue, “and not a religious or northern issue,” Okoh lamented that the type of response to the develoments from highly placed people in the land only showed that they were not interested in the survival of Nigeria.

Okoh also faulted the composition of the Amnesty committee set up by the Federal Government, saying it might cause more problems for the country.

He said, “I want to say emphatically that the issue of Boko Haram is not a northern affair. It is not an Islamic affair. It is issue of national security; so representation on the committee ought to be widespread across the country. If the committee submits a report and it is narrow, the President will have a problem because if he approves it, it is a problem; if he refuses to approve it would be a problem.”

Okoh also cautioned the government against secret meetings with the Boko Haram members.

He added, “As desirable as it is for us to have peace, we must not have peace negotiated on Boko Haram terms. One would have loved a situation, where amnesty is the climax of a drawn out programme of public discussion, so that Nigerians will be able to ask: ‘why did you take up arms? Where did you get the arms? Who are the people providing the money and supplying the arms?’ It will be necessary to know. It will be necessary to know why the church was the target?”

Okoh argued that there was the need for a practical measure to curb insecurity.

He also appealed to government officials, who might not be able to shun corruption, to resign their appointments.

“Government officials are called ministers because they are supposed to serve. Their joy comes from serving the people. Their dignity and honour come from serving the people; not in lording it over the people. Anybody who is unable to fit into these slots ought to resign because offices are for service.

“You can’t say after all it is oil money, let me take it. Oil money is not there by accident; it is a divine gift for a purpose.”

3 COMMENTS

  1. Oga pls go and continue ur preaching in d church .what do u know ? U opposed emergency rule ,opposed amenisity,opposed dialogue wit bh so what else ? I was expecting u to mention one particular solution but u didn’t .instead u said pratical measure .which pratical measure mention one .pls clergy men shldnt compound our problems .u shld be praying for d army for Gods protection.ok.thanks.what do nigerians want sef ? If goodluck no act pple wil criticize him now he is acting a little pple don’t want to support him too.but u no what ? D declaration has come to stay .kudos to naija army .

  2. U most revd okoh wot is ur own problem? What do u really want 4 d country? Unity or division.pls leave politic n pray 4 d nation.Dt wot u were called to do.

  3. Sir, wat u said is the truth but only reasonable people will understant u. Problems r solved tru finding the root otherwise, it may end up with only short term solution

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