By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka—THE Amichi Anglican Diocese in Anambra State has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency for South East roads, most of which are in a deplorable condition. Rising from it synod at Amichi, the Church observed that the condition of the roads was adversely affecting the economic wellbeing of the people of the zone and argued that something positive needs to be done to ameliorate the situation. Of the federal roads in the area, the worst are the Enugu –Onitsha, Aba –Ikot Ekpene and the Onitsha-Nnewi-Amichi-Uga-Okigwe highways, which pass through the diocese.
The communiqué, issued after the synod presided over by the Bishop, Rt. Rev Ephraim Ikeakor, and signed by the synod secretary, Ven. Henry Amobi and the chairman of the resolution committee, Mrs. Amaka Udogu argued that rehabilitating the affected roads would reduce the hardship suffered by commuters.
The synod also frowned at what it described as the abrupt manner with which the Federal Government removed subsidy on petroleum products, adding that it threw the nation into untold hardship. According to the communiqué, government should, as a matter of urgency, expedite action towards fashioning out palliative measures to cushion the effects of the price hike in petroleum products and electricity tariffs. It however commended President Buhari for his remarkable approach in tackling the Boko Haram menace in the country and his resolve to fight corruption in the country.
The communiqué read in part: ‘’The Synod urges the Federal Government not to limit the fight against corruption to the administrative cadre and remarks that those who are waging war against corruption should abstain from corrupt practices. ‘’The Synod notes with sadness the incessant bombing of oil installations by militant groups thereby causing more damage to the battered economy and urges the Federal Government to urgently address meaningfully the immediate and remote causes of these serious agitations with a view of finding lasting solution and restoring peace in the Niger Delta.
‘’The Synod also frowns at the senseless manner by which the Fulani herdsmen usurp people’s lands, killing people, violating human rights and destroying families and farm lands all over the country. The Federal Government and the legislative arms should enact laws to prevent these obnoxious actions of the herdsmen from leading to unnecessary conflicts with farmers and villagers. The Fulani herdsmen should graze their cattle in their locality and then transport them for sale in other parts of the country.
“More importantly, the Synod maintains that the proposed Grazing Reserve Bill should not be passed into law.” It also condemned what it called the recent unprovoked killings of the IPOB members who were on a non-violent procession and demanded that every citizen of Nigeria should be treated equally. It urged Christians to hold on strongly to their faith in God that whatever happens, they would do what God says for such conviction would give them wisdom and stability in changing circumstances, believing that their future is secured in Christ.