…pleads with Buhari to drop second term ambition
By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA—THE Aba province of the Anglican Church, weekend asked the Federal Government to tell Nigerians the whereabouts of Eze Israel Kanu, father of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, his wife, Sally and the IPOB leader himself.
The Church lamented the inability of the Federal Government to come out in clear terms to explain what happened to Eze Israel Kanu, his wife, and their son, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and urged the Government to tell Nigerians their whereabouts.
The church equally decried the state of insecurity in the nation and condemned the “disturbing activities of rampaging herdsmen and the inability of the government to rein the militants in”
Rising from the 9th Synod of the Diocese of Umuahia, Province of Aba, held at St. Luke’s Church, Amakama, Olokoro, Umuahia Council area of Abia State, the Church also rejected the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to run for a second term in 2019, and advised him to jettison the idea.
The Church further tasked Buhari “as the chief security officer of the nation to as a matter of urgency and for the unity of the country correct the lopsided appointments in Federal positions”.
A communiqué issued by the Synod, “strongly frowned at the state of insecurity in the nation, particularly the inability of the government to clearly state what happened to HRH Eze Sir I. O. Kanu, his wife, Ugoeze Lady Sally Kanu and the son, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, all of Isiama Afaraukwu, concerning their present whereabouts, after the soldiers illegally invaded their home in the name of Operation Python Dance 11. The synod therefore called on the government to clearly state what happened to them.”
The communique condemned the violence activities of the herdsmen which it said “has led to pillage and destruction of villages and communities as well as dastardly massacre of innocent residents by the marauding herdsmen”, even as it condemned the “killing of the two Reverend Fathers in Benue State. There has been national outcry against the herdsmen and calls for Federal Government to declare them as terrorists; regrettably Government has continued to foot drag. The decision of the President to run for a second tenure should be reconsidered and the synod called on him to resign honourably.”
The communiqué also frowned at the attitude of elected people, including Governors and law makers at all levels “on their failure for not coming to the grassroots to inform the electorate of the position and situation of things in the country.”
The synod also condemned the Abia State Government for non-payment of backlog of salaries owed primary and secondary school teachers in the state and urged the government to clear the backlog of salary arrears without further delay.
It further berated the failure of government to punish the high handedness of the army and police at military checkpoints; an action they said made some notable Nigerians to call on Nigerians to defend themselves.