By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€” The Bishop, Diocese of Okigwe South, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. DavidÂ Onuoha, has charged the Governors of the South East to pool their resources together and fight the rising incidents of kidnapping and armed robbery in the zone.
Bishop Onuoha made the call in his sermon during the dedication of Saint Matthewâ€™s Anglican Church, Umuezeala Nsu, Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo state.
â€œIt is not in doubt that times are very hard but the distressing thing is that the incidents of kidnapping and armed robbery in the South East are rising in a geometric proportion. The Governors should please come up with a sound arrangement to fight crime and criminalsâ€, Onuoha said.
He appealed to public office holders to stop regarding their respective positions as an opportunity to get their slice of the national cake, stressing that their level of ostentation was offensive and needed to be changed.
â€œWe need to change the old system, especially now that we have almost hit the precipice.
The more we steal from the public kitty, the more the citizens get poorer. The national cake is now finished and we are all suffering the after effectâ€, the Anglican cleric said.
He was also angry that Christian Churches are increasing on a daily basis butÂ Â with no commensurate reduction in crime and criminality.
â€œA lot of kidnappers are baptized and confirmed Christians. It is possible that these bad boys also pay tithes. When they kidnapped my aged father, I was haggling with them as if we were trying to sell or buy a goatâ€, Onuoha recalled with grief.