Insecurity: Methodist Prelate, Uche asks FG to engage ex-Biafran soldiers

By AdvocateNews on 27/08/2019

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The Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr Samuel Chukwuemeka Uche, on Monday called on the Federal Government to engage the services of ex-Biafran soldiers to help check  the security challenges facing Nigeria.

Uche spoke in Enugu at a press conference to mark the end of his tour of the South-East.

The cleric,  who is worried about the security issues in the country, suggested Nigeria should close its  borders to  stop criminals  from coming in.

The Prelate also suggested the creation of  state police as well as allowing   vigilance groups to bear arms  to tackle insecurity in the country.

Uche  said Nigeria needed prayers because of the security  problems  and  inequitable distribution of wealth and public  offices  in the country.

He said, “The distribution of positions in Nigeria is lopsided. When they say there should be no hate speech, I feel that South-East people are terribly marginalised and we are treated as second class citizens of Nigeria. But I will always remind them that we championed the independence of the country.”

The Prelate, who took a critical look at the level of infrastructural development in the South-East states, decried the slow pace of development in Abia, saying that the church is worried about the situation.

He said that with what he had seen in the state, there was no doubt that Abia was the most backward in the zone abd appealed to the state government to be alive to its responsibilities and work for the people.

“I am impressed with what is happening in Ebonyi, Anambra and Enugu States, but I want to urge the government of Abia to sit up and stop sharing money to godfathers.

“They should learn from what the governors of the aforementioned states are doing and use the resources at their disposal to work for the people,” he said.

According to the Prelate, it is sad that most roads in Abia state are impassable, while residents of major cities, especially Umuahia and Aba, are being suffocated by refuse.

The Prelate, who lamented that the people of the state had suffered untold hardship, appealed to the governor to be guided by the fear of God.

On Imo, Uche said that he was also ashamed of the situation and urged Gov. Emeka Ihedioha to turn things around for good.

“I am from Imo, but I am ashamed of the situation there,” Uche said.

In his reaction however, the Commissioner for Information in Abia, Mr John Okiyi, said that the prelate might have based his evaluation of the state government on wrong premise.

Okiyi said that the state had always maintained top position in Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) in the country, while the economic blueprint of the government gave it the status of the capital of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the country.

The commissioner, who noted that the state had the highest wage bill in the zone which he put at N2.4 billion monthly, added that no fewer than 74 roads had been asphalted by the present administration across the state.

“It depends on the parameter the prelate is using to judge. Abia is the most progressive state in the South-East zone,” Okiyi said.

 

Posted 27/08/2019 07:38:30 AM

 

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