By Dayo Johnson
THE Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Akure, Ondo State Rt Rev Micheal Ipinmoye Wednesday faulted the Federal Government offer of amnesty to militant youths in the Niger Delta Region saying it should first address the fundamental issues that gave rise to militancy in the Region.
Speaking with newsmen in Akure at a Pre-Synod Press Conference of the Church, the clergy man noted that the offer was commendable but that the government needed to do more for the neglected people of the region than amnesty to solve the lingering crisis in the areas.
According to himâ€ I donâ€™t know what this amnesty is all about; the government should first address the problem and stop glossing over them. The peopleâ€™s problems should be adequately addressed before we start talking about amnesty.
â€œI want to believe that God is not at fault in giving us oil. He loves us in this country infact we are blessed so we should do what is right to stop the menace in the Niger Delta Region.
â€œPresident Yar Adua must show more concern and commitment in addressing the plight of the people of these disadvantaged areas.
â€œOffering amnesty is a vital component of resolving the lingering crisis in the Niger Delta but we should not put the cart before the horse.
Bishop Ipinmoye wondered whether the much talked about offer of amnesty would â€œresolved or restore normalcy in the troubled region.
The Clergy man who said that the synod would commence tomorrow called for a genuine effort on the part of the Federal Government to engage the militant youths in a constructive manner that would make them to lay down their arms and ammunitions.
He criticized the 7 point agenda of the President describing it as too â€œbogus.â€
According to him the President would be doing the nation well by sticking to one or two of this7 point agenda adding that he should narrow them down to education and power.
Bishop Ipinmoye said the 7 point agenda is deceit and advised the President to stop â€œday dreaming n this bogus 7 point agenda.
The Clergy man who appealed to the Federal government to accede to the demands of ASUU said that if government gets its priority rights the educational sector should not be allowed to suffer by not paying the University lecturers.
According to him the future of the country is bleak if government continues to allow the break in the academic calendar in the Universities.
On the kidnapping saga that had crept to Ondo state, The Bishop who described the development as a dangerous trend called on the governor Dr Olusegun Mimiko to beef up security in the state.
He said that when the news of the last kidnap of the wife of the Commissioner and Permanent Secretary filtered to him â€œhe almost fainted.â€
Assessing the 100 days of Governor Mimiko, the Clergy man appealed to the people of the state to be patient with him adding that â€œhe has started well he means business and should be giving time to perform.
He advised the governor to be mindful of sycophants while his commissioner and advisers should not be â€œback stabbersâ€.