By JOSEPH ERUNKE
ABUJA—Primate of the Anglican Church, Most Rev Nicholas Okoh has said that last Wednesday’s bomb attack on former Head of State and chieftain of the All Progressives Change, APC, General Muhammdu Buhari was an indication that nobody was free or spared from Boko Haram attacks.
This was even as he advised Federal Government to be careful not to be stampeded into taken action that would endanger the lives of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted in Chibok, Borno State by the Boko Haram.
The religious leader who spoke yesterday, in Abuja, during the 3rd session of the second Synod of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Diocese of Kubwa, insisted that the “ bomb attempt on the life of General Buhari senses the signal of serious insecurity in the country.”
“And again, it senses another signal which I think has an aspect of it that is positive.
That is to say let everybody whether from the East, West, North and South, Christian, Moslem, African traditional religionist should put hands together and stop this terrorism.
“Nobody is spared, nobody is free and nobody is safe, ”he added.
Commenting on the Federal Government rescue efforts on the abducted schoolgirls, Rev. Okoh said he was satisfied with what government was doing just as he charged government to be careful with advice it was receiving so as not to take decision that could endanger the lives of the girls.
“I am satisfied with the Federal Government rescue efforts at rescuing the Chibok girls because right from day one, I know it will be a problem.
“In fact, these Boko Haram people, if you think that you are dealing with simple people, you are wrong.
“They could distribute those girls to different places that you can’t find them in one place.
“More than that, if the Federal Government wants to do bravado, those girls will all be dead and then we come back to another greater problem.
” So allow the government to take its time to rescue these people the way it knows how and bring them alive.
“To my mind, bringinging them alive is more important that hurrying over it and destroy the lives of those girls.
They could be easily rehabilitated when they are out, they could be sent to schools locally and abroad, there are medical facilities to look after them but please, lets be patient so that these girls can come back alive, otherwise Boko Haram has shown to everybody that it can kill.”
Okoh said rescuing the girls would not be the end of insecurity in the country
“Certainly, if you bring back the girls, the problem is not solved. The comprehensive problem will be solved if Boko Haram will lay down its arms and come to discuss issues as it is done in civilized environment so that everybody, east, north and south can sleep well in Nigeria and we will make progress in our national development”, he said.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Bishop, Diocese of Kubwa, Rt.Rev.Duke Akamisoko, said part of the programs at the occasion was to launching of N2 billion for the establishment of Anglican University in Abuja.
Rev. Akamisoko said the church took the decision because education was in high demand, saying there was no way a sound and moral society could be put in place without decent and standard education.
He said the proposed university was to attend to the educational needs of the needy, saying it would be affordable to prospective candidates and not a money making venture for the church as may be believed in some quarters.