Oritsejafor, Okoh support extension of emergency rule in Yobe, Adamawa, Borno

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By CALEB AYANSINA, KAREEM FATIMAH & RETNA TOHOMDET
ABUJA – PRESIDENT of Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, yesterday, threw his weight behind the extension of state of emergency in three state of north-east zone of the country.

Also, the Primate of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Most Rev. Nicolas Okoh said the problem in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states had not been solved, therefore, emergency rule should be extended.

The duo was speaking in a separate occasions in Abuja, noted that the emergency rule is important to peace process in the northern region.

In a letter to the Senate, President Jonathan had urged the upper chamber to approve the extension of emergency rule in the three states by six months.

The President informed the upper parliament that even though the security situation in the region has improved, there is still much to be done to end the security challenges in the affected states.

Oritsejafor, who spoke at a one day National Prayer for Nigeria tagged: ‘Recover Nigeria’, in Abuja, said the situation would have been worst if solders were not deployed to the states.

He urged Nigerians not to condemn the action of military, but to support and pray for the security operatives.

“For example they just told us that one of the masterminds of the nyanya bombing as be caught  in Sudan, so when they bring him to Nigerian, they should free him, does that make sense to you?” he asked.

CAN President called on politicians to put personal interest aside and fight terrorism to a logical conclusion in Nigeria.

Oritsejafor advised the federal government not trade the abducted girls with sect members in detention, while pledging churches continuing prayer for peace in Nigeria.

“I disagree completely because those girls are not prisoners that should be exchanged. The churches will continue to pray and speak against terrorism in Nigeria,” he said.

Oritsejafor explained that essence of the one day prayer was for the safe release of the abducted girls and the end of boko haram insurgency in the country.

Primate Okoh in an interview with newsmen shortly after his presidential charge at the first session of the Ninth Synod of the Abuja Diocese Anglican Communion said “it will be wrong to say we should not extend emergency rule, when our problem is yet to be solved.”

The cleric maintained that “people should consider how much help the emergency rule will help to solve the problem if it stays.”

Speaking on the presence of foreign forces in Nigeria, the Primate said their assistance should not just to recover the abducted girls in Chibok, Borno state, but it should be extended to fighting the insurgency in the country.
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