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Church raises alarm on insecurity in Nigeria

THE Mid East Synod of The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria has raised the alarm over the rising wave of insecurity in Nigeria. The Synod cited general acts of violence, killing, maiming and destruction of lives and property in Ezillo and Akpoha communities in Ebonyi State in the last few months.

In a communiqué issued at the end of its 7th Annual Synod meeting in the Obioha Parish, it commended the Ebonyi State government for its quick intervention which has brought back peace in the two communities and urged the two communities to do everything possible to sustain the peace efforts and urged the government to bring the culprits to book as a deterrent to others.

The communiqué signed by the Moderator of the Synod, The Rev. Ibiam Ukeni, said the Jos and Bauchi ethno-religious crises which claimed hundreds of lives were an indication of the rising frequency of conflicts and how cheap human life had become in Nigeria.  The Synod noted with concern the fact that such riots were never thoroughly investigated and the culprits not made to face the full wrath of the law.  It therefore asked government to consider the issue of religious crisis very seriously as it could pose grave challenges to the unity and stability of the nation.

Meanwhile, the Moderator of the North Synod of the Church, the Rev. Ekpenyong Akpanika, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to adequately equip security agencies deployed in Plateau State to put an end to the recurring ethno-religious crisis in Jos, capital of Plateau State.

The Moderator in a communiqué issued by the Synod at the end of its 15th Annual Synod at Nyanya near Abuja, congratulated Jonathan on his assumption of office and asked him to carry out credible electoral reforms to ensure free and fair elections in 2011, maintain the fight against corruption, boldly take the amnesty programme in the Niger Delta to its successful conclusion and turn around the problematic power supply situation in Nigeria, particularly as the power sector is directly under his charge as Minister.


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