The Enugu Diocese of the Anglican Communion lamented what it described as a worsening of the security situation in Nigeria and called on the Federal Government to fulfill its responsibility to protect the lives and property of citizens.
The church also denounced the increasing cases of rape, corruption and other acts of gender violence against girls and women in general, saying it was a negative trend in life.
In a statement issued after the third session of the 17th Synod held in the Church of Christ, Uwani, Enugu, the diocese lamented the increase in criminal acts such as kidnapping, banditry, and murder by dishonest pastors.
He said the Synod “is very disturbed by the worsening security situation in Nigeria, particularly with regard to the increasing cases of banditry, kidnapping and murder by suspected Fulani pastors and members of Boko Haram. The Synod He also noted with “dismay the state of violence, murder and insecurity in the country despite the large investment in the security sector.”
The statement, signed by the Bishop of the Diocese of Enugu, Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, the Secretary of the Diocese, H.B.C. Ogboko and Synod Secretary Dr. Stanley Nweze expressed their dismay “with the indulgence of men in rape, corruption, sexual and other violence against girls, girls and women in Nigeria,” and condemned what he called ” the new trend of life in our politics. “
He noted President Buhari’s reprimand of service chiefs for their poor performance and called on him “to fulfill his oath by guaranteeing the protection of lives and property.” He urged him to “ensure the replacement of all service chiefs with competent and capable hands.”
The Synod also disapproved of the “continued violation of the presidential order on interstate movement by the northerners, despite the number of COVID-19 checkpoints on the roads,” and also condemned the “invasion of the southeast area by suspected Fulani jihadists. ” and Almajirai, despite the restraining order on the interstate border movement, and blamed it on “security personnel at checkpoints that are mostly in the north of the country.”
Consequently, the Synod demanded the immediate withdrawal of the security personnel from the northern part that provided services at various checkpoints in the southeast zone and asked the States and Local Governments in the zone “to be vigilant to avoid being invaded by these intruders. “
The statement also urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts in the fight against corruption and praised the President for approving the Local Government autonomy law and called for its effective implementation to usher in rapid development in rural areas.
The church praised the Federal Government for the ongoing rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, and urged contractors to adhere to the approved specifications as well as praised the Governors of the Southeast for their effort to ensure the completion of the project of the airport.