BY ETOP EKANEM
LAGOS — THE General Overseer of Christ the King Rescue Global Ministry, Prophet Gabriel Onaolapo, has kicked against calls for amnesty for members of Boko Haram sect, saying that all other windows of opportunity for engagement should be explored in the search for peace.
The cleric who spoke during the 12th Freedom Day Festival with the theme: ‘Freedom that guarantees great revival’ at the church’s headquarters, Yewande Junction, Giwa Oke-Aro, Lagos, said: “With the continued violence unleashed on the nation, one thing is certain: the ghost of Boko Haram is real and haunts Nigeria with devastating effect.
“Against the background of these mindless killings, all windows of opportunity for engagement should be explored in the search for peace. Amnesty, however, is not such window.”
Onaolapo noted that in Nigeria “there is virtually no economy. We are still not one of the societies with world class electricity supply. Even in the best of time, the country itself is totally unplanned, chaotic, lawless, agrarian and an unproductive economy. The quality of governance that determines peace, security and development has eluded us.”
He called on statesmen such as Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Chief Emeka Anyaoku General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) and General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) to intervene.
“There is no reason these few cannot come together for Nigeria at this point when it is very clear that the state itself is distressed and authority has broken down.