Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Health Workers - NIREC Wants FG to Fish Out Killers

Nigeria Inter Religious Council, NIREC, has called on government to fish out those responsible for the killing of health workers in Kano State and prosecute them accordingly.

In a statement at the end of its 2013 first quarterly meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, jointly signed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar and co-chairman of the council, other co-chair, Pastor Ayodele Oritsejafor, President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, as well as Prof Is-haq Oloyede, National Coordinator, the council expressed worry over the persistent killing and destruction of property through acts of terrorism, religious intolerance, communal strife and pipeline vandalism in the country.

It lamented the deterioration of security and killings under the cover of religion, especially when it stated that no religion teaches violence.

In the statement, NIREC condemned the attack on the Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero and killings of health workers, noting that the outbreak of political violence was associated with poverty, underdevelopment and mal-distribution of resources, while calling for equity and justice, which it said was the basis for peace in any society.

It noted: "The Federal Government must exhibit the political will to tackle all forms of security challenges using its relevant agencies".

"Police-Community Relations committees should be established where they do not presently exist and encouraged at the grassroots level to strengthen security and peaceful coexistence", the communiqué stated.

The council called on political, religious and traditional leaders to desist from making offensive and divisive comments capable of heating up the polity, while it appealed to the National Assembly to let the will of the people prevail in the on- going review of the constitution and make laws that would ensure that no Nigerian was made a "settler" anywhere in the country.

Speaking on corruption in Nigeria, NIREC urged governments to put in place strategies that would ensure that corrupt people are punished as it called on governments and private sector to create more jobs for the teeming youths and reduce poverty in the land.

It, however, urged the Federal Government to expedite action on power generation to facilitate the employment of more Nigerians, ensure economic development to reduce restiveness.

The body also congratulated the Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, on his recent elevation to the status of Cardinal as well as all Nigerians on the recent victory of Super Eagles in South Africa, while commiserated with the family of late Secretary General of NSCIA and a member of the council, Dr Lateef Adegbite and prayed for the repose of his soul.

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