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Nigeria not working, Anglican Bishop laments

From Chuks Collins, Awka

The Anglican Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, Rt Rev'd Ndubuisi Obi has said that Nigeria as presently constituted is not working.

The Bishop who pointed this out in his maiden presidential charge during the 2020 Synod of the Nnewi Diocese of the Anglican Communion Friday, noted that "The common people are suffering, there is abject poverty in the land despite our touted oil revenue. This is most unacceptable.

"Nigeria is only working for those who are benefitting from it. It is working for the elites." Bishop Obi stated.

While speaking on the way out of the woods for the nation, the bishop then called for restructuring as the way to go; noting that it would stem the tide of persistent wanton killing of Christians in parts of Nigeria and also stop other atrocities that have befallen the nation.

He said, "The hydra headed federal government must be dismantled and power should be ceded to the regions. While we have a loose, coordinating government at the federal level. If we are a federal republic, then the regions must become federating regions and allowed to run their affairs, manage their resources and develop at their place. This is the simplest unambiguous way to put Nigeria on the path of recovery." He said.

Coming near to tears, Obi passionately appealed to President Muhamadu Buhari to make every effort to secure the release of Leah Sharibu and all other abducted citizens who are still with terrorists.

On Coronavirus pandemic, Bishop Obi said Nigerians should do everything possible to protect themselves, maintain good hygiene at all times, avoid crowded places, reduce their too much traveling and pray always.

A governorship aspirant, TobeOlisa Olih while commending the diocese for the giant step taken in the last one year expressed joy that the Diocese shares his views on how to refocus, transform and rebuild the state. He thanked the bishop for proceeding to implement key part of his manifesto of mass employment, Agric revolution, vocational training and infrastructural development of the state as a subtle way to tame the monstrous criminal activities among our youth. He noted that the state should now focus on the background of the next governor and should not be swayed by mere promises that we have seen ends up abandoned thereafter.NOlih said he would make Anambra a model when voted into power.

Also, a Labor Party (LP) governorship hopeful, Group Captain Nnamdi Nnoruka (Rtd) commended Bishop Obi for his outstanding achievements and sure-footed development roadmap since mounting the saddle. He anchored his aspiration on provision of jobs, industrialization, moral rebirth of the youth/ vocational training with the aim of turning the state as a human resource Centre for the world. He said that he would address the multifaceted challenges confronting Anambra State if he makes it to government house Awka.

The Archbishop Emeritus of the Province of the Niger, His Grace Maxwell Anikwenwa in response to reporters' questions sees Obiano's car gift to traditional rulers as a way to beef up security within the communities and  commend them for support. He insisted the issue of "hike in electricity tariff must be reversed, if the government want to govern the living and not the dead".

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