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Auchi monarch flays recycling of leaders

By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI—The Chairman, South-South and South East Council of Muslim Traditional Rulers and Otaru of Auchi Kingdom, Edo State, Alhaji Aliru Momoh, has called for an end to what he called the “endless recycling of leaders in Nigeria.”

The royal father made the call in an exclusive interview with Vanguard, in the palace of Eze Kierian Ejiogu,  Ogbujioma autonomous community, Ogbaku, Mbaitoli Local Goernment Area of Imo State.

“I don’t support the endless recycling of leaders in Nigeria. Any leader who has led and has led in a way that people don’t appreciate him,  why should people vote for the person again? People should allow one man one vote. This system will allow for the qualities of an individual to play a  prominent role in determining  if he will be elected or not,” he said.

Saying that there should be a balancing factor between the young and the old, he, however, noted that “we cannot say because you are young, you have nothing to offer the country.”

On the seeming security breach in parts of the country, Alhaji Momoh said that security agencies should be given the necessary equipment to fight crime and criminals in Nigeria.

“In all parts of the world, kidnapping is a very easy way of making money. Very soon and if we are serious about our security problem, as well as the security outfits that we have in this country, we will be able to fight crime,” he said.

On the issue of periodic killing and maiming of Nigerians in parts of the country, the Otaru said “it is an experience we are passing through in the history of Nigeria,” adding that “what is offensive about it all is that the people who have nothing to do with siphoning the wealth of this country are victims of these killings, kidnapping and other serious crime,”

He was of the opinion that the people, who started giving money to thugs to devour their perceived enemies and those who are opposed to them are the people they should have been gunning for.

Speaking also, the Chief Imam of Imo State, Alhaji Dauda Onyeagocha, said Islam abhors violence, stressing that anybody killing in the name of religion is a criminal and should be treated as such. “Islam is peace. We must learn to propagate peace in all we do and in all places we find ourselves. I also have a strong feeling that the killings in the Northern States are not religious in content,” Onyeagocha said.


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