11 November 2012

Nigeria: Insecurity - Anglican Bishop Blames Corruption

The Anglican Bishop of Enugu North Diocese, Rt Rev Sosthenes Eze has said high level of corruption in Nigeria is cause of the general instability in the country.

Addressing the church's annual diocesan synod in Olo, Enugu State recently, the bishop noted that corruption has led to serious breakdown of law and order and lack of peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.

He advocated setting up of a National Solemn Assembly and repentance meetings across the nation as a way of dealing with corruption.

He said for Nigeria to evade the wrath of God, the church and the nation's political leadership must unite to wage common battle for the survival of Nigeria.

"Any national effort without a solemn assembly may not go far. The church must lead the way for this kind of meeting with the political leadership directing.

"This will be followed by restitution by all of us as Israel did in the days of Nehemiah and Ezra in the Bible," the bishop suggested.

He lamented the volatile security situation of the country, especially in the north and condemned the activities of Boko Haram which he said, have led to unnecessary bloodshed and destruction of property.

While condemning calls for government to dialogue with the sect, he maintained that such a dialogue will only promote and encourage illegality, urging President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that those found guilty of unleashing this mayhem on innocent citizens are brought to justice.

On kidnapping which is gradually returning to the south-east, he encouraged the South East Governors Forum to intensify efforts to combat the menace which has over the years scared away genuine economic investments in the area.

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