By Sam Eyoboka & Olayinka Latona
EMINENT Christian religious leaders, the Dean of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and the Archbishop of Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos, Most Rev. Ephraim Ademo-wo, founder, Household of God, Rev. Chris Okotie and Lagos Archdiocesan director of Social Communications, Rev. Monsignor Gabriel Osu have decried the deplorable state of insecurity in the country, urging the Goodluck Jonathan Administration to wake from its slumber and arrest the dangerous trend.
The clerics spoke at the heels of the latest violent uprising in Jos, which led to death of a serving senator and a Plateau State House leader who were attending the funeral of some 50 innocent Nigerians who were killed at a pastor’s house a day earlier.
In an interview, the Anglican archbishop said the nation’s leaders “should just wake up from their slumber and do something. How can they just be there and allow people to be slaughtered like this? There should be action, not even tomorrow, but now.”
According to him, the security situation in the country has grown from bad to worse where
innocent Christians are apprehensive of what would happen at the approach of every Sunday, adding “we have to pray more and then we have to be our brother’s keeper.”
Continuing, Ademowo enjoined fellow Christians in the country to extend a hand of fellowship to the brethren in the North who are bearing the brunt of the unholy hardship unleashed upon them by the activities of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
“It’s not for us to just stay there. We must be security conscious,” he appealed, pointing out that there is relative peace in Lagos State where the state governor, Mr. Raji Babatunde Fashola recently invited religious leaders, traditional rulers and other stake-holders to discuss how Lagosians can live together peacefully in spite of religious and tribal differences.
Asked if he was satisfied with the Federal Government’s handling of the security situation, Ademowo said the government needed to tinker with its machinery, because “the way things are going, a lot of people are frustrated.
“I think the Federal Government needs to put in more efforts. The Federal Government is just crawling and crawling. How can people be dying like chicken and the Federal Government is there and is not doing anything. It’s very painful; very very painful,” he lamented.
In his own reaction, Osu told our reporter that a nation without security cannot claim to be an investment destination, calling on the Federal Government to wake up and guarantee the security of life and property of the people.
According to the Catholic spokesman, where the government fails to ensure security of lives
there should be no point hanging there, because “the nation is tired of Police telling us they will fish out the culprits. There would be no sermon by Christian preachers that can assuage the anger of Christian youths in the northern part of the country.”
Continuing, Osu said Nigerians can no longer be fooled by empty promises of getting to the root of the matter even when the killing goes on unchecked, noting that the new NSA had told the nation that he had the telephone numbers of the perpetrators, asking ‘is that what we want at this moment?’
Responding to the development, Rev. Okotie condemned the attack in Jos, saying: “This brazen assault is unacceptable and we can no longer tolerate it.”
He warned that the Federal Government must do something urgent about the incessant attacks on innocent citizens in the North before it gets out of hand.