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Cleric tasks FG on insecurity

By Kingston ObungObung

Calabar

Resurgent Boko Haram attacks, clashes between herdsmen and farmers, ritual killings, among other cases bordering on insecurity across the country, were rendering President Muhammadu Buhari electioneering campaign promises on insecurity a mere rhetoric. Th e Bishop of Calabar Dioceses of Anglican Communion, Bishop Tunde Adeleye, said this at a press conference to mark the 2017 Synod of the Church. Bishop Adeleye said, “Security was one of the cardinal promises made by the present federal government during the electioneering campaigns. Unfortunately, Nigeria is becoming largely insecure.” He, however, commended the eff orts of the federal and state governments at reducing such cases, adding; “we still hear of assassins, robbers, kidnapping, property snatchers around. Th is is done with almost no deliverance from anywhere. “In our cathedral, not less than four people were kidnapped in recent times. It is a national tragedy. “Investors are fi nding it really diffi cult to come into the country because of increase in violence, armed robbery, ritual killings, rape, drugs traffi cking, and rapes. “Th e causes of all these include bad leadership, poverty, corruption, marginalization, hunger and apparent failure of the operational system. For these to stop, we should restructure and take a comprehensive approach to carter for the citizens.” “Th e fi re-brand clergy also said the federal government’s fi ght against corruption was far from being successful considering the goodwill the government came on board with. “In 2015, the federal government was very unequivocal about its desire to stop corruption. We believed it, we waited for it but we cannot now say this has been done. We however commend the federal government eff orts so far, but we want to encourage government to go all out to fi ght corruption without favour”, he added.

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