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CAN kicks against celebration of Nigeria’s Centenary in crisis time

BY TONY EDIKE

ENUGU—THE Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South East Zone, Monday, faulted the decision by the Federal Government to celebrate the nation’s centenary at a time when the nation virtually lacks peace.

The religious body said it would be meaningless to celebrate the 100 years of Nigeria’s existence when the nation is being confronted with numerous security challenges.

Chairman of the association in the zone and Anglican Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, who made this known while briefing newsmen in Enugu, described the proposed centenary celebration as an avenue for corruption, advising President Goodluck Jonathan to beware of sycophants who may wish to use the opportunity to enrich themselves.

He stated that it would not be right for Nigeria to celebrate her amalgamation without the citizens coming together to discuss issues affecting them, lamenting that lack of unity among Nigerians had continued to impede the nation’s progress.

“Nigeria is not one, we are divided, if staying together will not work, then let the East, North, West go their separate ways, the proposed centenary celebration is ill timed and it will not work,” the South East CAN leader said.

Chukwuma also expressed dissatisfaction over the calibre of people who were recently appointed as chairmen and members of governing councils of some federal establishments including universities.

He said that some of appointees had expired and therefore have nothing to offer to Nigerians, stressing that such appointments should not be based on political patronage but on the track records and ability of the appointees to perform.

The cleric warned that recycling of old politicians in Nigeria would negate the transformation of the country and increase social vices.

He noted that a situation whereby youths who were told 30 years ago that they would be leaders of tomorrow were still searching for their tomorrow because of recycling of old politicians was not good for the future of Nigeria.


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