Insecurity in Nigeria worrisome– Methodist Prelate
From Akinnodi Francis, Ore
The Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence (Dr) Samuel ‘Emeka Kanu Uche has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently address the rising insecurity in the country, describing it as worrisome.
Acting under the aegis of the Council of Bishops of Methodist Church of Nigeria, he decried the scourge of kidnappings, armed banditries, communal clashes, insurgency, ritual killings, herder-farmer conflicts, cattle rustling and youth restiveness among others.
Uche, who paid a courtesy visit to the church in Odigbo local government area also frowned at the escalating cases of killings of innocent citizens, mainly in but not only in the northern part of Nigeria especially in Kajuru, Kaduna state, Zamfara, Taraba, Borno, Plateau, Yobe, Benue and Adamawa states.
He said: “Besides, this menace has drastically reduced the investment profile of Nigeria because both local and foreign investors are scared of the hostile and insecure operating environment which serves as a risk to them over fear of potential monetary loss. As a result of this, many employable Nigerians are faced with difficult times.
“We call on President Buhari, having secured a fresh mandate to speedily nip the security challenges of the country in the bud. This will serve as springboard to open windows of opportunities for socio-economic growth and advancement.
“In the overall interest of Nigerians, we appeal to the government to consider seriously the recommendations of the Presidential Panel on SARS Reform (2018) on the establishment of state and local government police. This, if objectively, transparently and sincerely operated would go a long way in supporting the already overstretched Nigeria Police Force and provide the much needed response to combating crime on a broader level”.
“If the present situation is not addressed, the sense of unity and togetherness of the Nigerian people from a psychological standpoint could be under threat”, be added.