The Bishop of the Diocese Ijebu South West, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) Rt. Rev. Babatunde Ogunbanwo on Tuesday called on the Presidency to as a matter of urgency, tackle the issues of insecurity across the country.
The Bishop also argued that President Muhammadu Buhari administration is now appearing so ‘weak and clueless’ over the expectations of the citizenry in the area of securing their lives, communities and properties.
The cleric spoke during the First Session of the fourth Synod Diocese at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Odogbolu, Ogun State.
Among the security challenges, he pointed to included, insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, killings of defenceless Christians and decimation of Christian communities and other forms of criminality in the states.
According to him “The Christians of Southern Kaduna and the indigenous ethnic nationalities in that part of the country, like all other Nigerians, have a God-given right to live in safety and enjoy the blessings God has bestowed on their land without any fear of molestation and threat to their lives.
“It is also the duty of government and it’s agencies saddled with the security of the citizens of this country and protect all those in that part of our nation from their predators.
Bishop Ogunbanwo explained that the life of every Nigerian citizen should actually matter to the President and his cabinet, members of the National Assembly, security personnel and other leaders across the country.
He lamented that the security issues across the nation should be seriously addressed ‘now’ before it becomes too late.
The Cleric also argued that the opinion of Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020(CAMA) on the verge of taking over churches can not be right.
He, therefore, called on the legal department to study the section of the CAMA and give their position paper on the issue.
While talking about the challenges the Covid-19 pandemic has caused to the world at large, he said it has shown no respect for national boundaries, nations, culture, race, religion, political and other public office holders social status.
He added that the outbreak of Covid-19 has taught the world to take more seriously those simple but critical health/personal hygiene protocols that we had along abandoned.