BY Luka Binniyat
KADUNA — Head of the Methodist Church in Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Kanu Uche, yesterday, advocated life jail for any politician who engages in violence in the next general elections.
He also condemned same-sex marriage as well as judges who were in habit of freeing corrupt public officers who steal billions of Naira from public coffers, using plea bargain as cover.
The Methodist Prelate spoke in Kaduna during the enthronement of Rev. Sunday Oga Idoko as the Archbishop of Kaduna Diocese of the church, in charge of the Methodist Dioceses of the North-West and North-East zones.
He said it was particularly immoral for judges to free those who he said stole billions of Naira in a plea-bargain arrangement, while jailing petty thieves.
Speaking to newsmen at the event attended by the Senate President, Senator David Mark; Governor Ramalan Yero of Kaduna state and the Emir of Zaria, Alhaji Shehu Idris, among others, Uche said: “I want President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Assembly to quickly enact a law that will give life sentence to any politician engaged in violent activities ahead, during or after the 2015 general elections.
“Any politician who stores or imports arms for the purpose of election should be incarcerated for life. Government must take the bull by the horn and stop this violence.
“There are two men who said that there would be violence in 2015 if this or that does not happen. I expected them to be arrested and charged. If I were Jonathan, I will get them arrested. But he (Jonathan) is afraid. Who is he afraid of? The two people are still moving freely. It is sad that in this country, there seem to be two set of laws. The law here is a respecter of big men.”
On same sex marriage
On same sex marriage, he said: “It is unethical, it’s unbiblical, it is anti-Islamic, it is against African tradition, its un-Nigerian, its absurd. No one should back gay marriage under any disguise. Even a male dog does not climb another male dog. They respect themselves, talk less of us humans. Here I am in agreement with the President and the National Assembly on the issue.”
The Senate President, Senator David Mark, whose address was read by Senator Pwajock Gyang, said Idoko had been a faithful servant of God who had committed his entire life to the service of the church. Mark congratulated him and asked that God blessed his mission.
Governor Yero of Kaduna State, who was represented by his deputy, Ambassador Nuhu Bajoga, spoke on the need for unity between the two major religions (Christianity and Islam) in the state.
Yero said he was not pleased with the situation whereby Christians in Kaduna metropolis were moving southwards while Muslims were relocating northwards to avoid one another and called for better understanding and trust.