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NIGERIA ON THE VERGE OF BECOMING A “FAILED STATE LIKE SOMALIA” – ANGLICAN PRIMATE

Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, the Primate of Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, has said that Nigeria was becoming a “failed state like Somalia”, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to end the insecurity ravaging the land.

He wants the President to converge a Sovereign National Dialogue to discuss the challenges confronting Nigeria with a view to forging a way forward for a better, safer and united country.

According him, having State Police to check criminal activities across the federation should be something the government should think of.

He made those statements during the church’s Second Session of the 11th Synod of Abuja Diocese, yesterday, the Primate lamented that the attacks on communities, as well as kidnappings for ransom, abductions, killings and rape were unacceptable.

He was worried at the speed at which bandits and Boko Haram elements were occupying more states was, and the open and daring confrontation with Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and the attack and burning of some part of the home Governor Hope Uzominma of Imo State.

He called on the Presidency, National Assembly, military and law enforcement agencies to restore confidence in Nigerians by going against and destroying these hoodlums causing insecurity all over the places.

Ndukuba said that there was an urgent need for enforcement of extant gun control laws, begging that the killer herdsmen must be disarmed and banditry decisively ended for the good of all.

He also want tighter border control, noting that the influx of people through the porous gateways was fueling violence and insecurity in the country.

The Anglican clergy argued that the President Muhammadu Buhari regime, like previous administrations, had tamed corruption.

The clergy man also observed that though the current administration, in some ways, had made more efforts in tackling the menace, “their pitfall is in the politicization of the fight against corruption,” adding: “A selective justice is no justice.”

“The lack of transparency in the execution of some good programmes and policies leaves so much to be desired. When the armed forces complain that they are under-funded and do not have the weapons to execute the war against insurgency and banditry, it raises the issue of what happened to the $1 billion for equipping the military to fight insurgency. Nigerians will like to know what (was done) to both the budgetary and extra-budgetary provisions,” he concluded.

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