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Insecurity: Tackle arms smuggling, Anglican Bishop tells Buhari

The Bishop of Ijebu North Diocese, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Revd. Solomon Kuponu, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to find a lasting solution to arms smuggling which is posing serious threats to Nigeria’s internal security. The cleric made the call at the second session of the Fifth Synod of the diocese held at the St. James’ Anglican Church, Atikori, Ijebu- Igbo, with the theme: “Fight the Good Fight of Faith, Lay Hold on Eternal life.”

 

In his charge at the event, Kuponu expressed concern over the increasing rate of crime and arms proliferation in the country, noting that the arms being illegally imported into Nigeria were often used by bandits, militias and insurgents to terrorise innocent people. He condemned the nefarious activities of Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram insurgents, urging the Federal Government to confront them, and also asked the Buhari-led administration to dispense with commanders and intelligence chiefs that have failed the country in the fight against terrorism. He said: “Nigeria faces existential wars, terrorism and corruption. Both require sound strategies and continuous adaptation. Buhari should imbibe this in confronting the resurgent Boko Haram.

 

The murderous Fulani herdsmen and other violent ethnic militia must be tamed. “Intelligence, technology and cooperation with other nations should be stepped up while dispensing with commanders and intelligence chiefs that fail,” Kuponu said warning that if Buhari failed to lay solid foundation for Nigeria’s economic growth and national integration, the country could face uncertain future.

“At 76, with the grace of another four years in office, Buhari can utilise this unique second opportunity to be agent of positive change or go down as an obstacle to the realisation of a virile, strong and prosperous federal polity. The choice is his,” he added. The cleric commended the President for assenting to the new N30,000 minimum wage, saying workers in the country deserve the new wage in view of the present economic realities, and appealed to state governors to emulate Buhari’s gesture by paying workers in their respective states the approved minimum wage. Kuponu used the occasion to call on Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State to return mission schools to their original owners and also incorporate Christian Religion subject into school’s curriculum

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