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Anglican Bishop warns on possible moves to Islamise Nigeria

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Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

The Bishop of Anglican Communion, Asaba Diocese, His Lordship, Justus Mogekwu, has raised serious concern on the alleged moves by group of Islamic faithful and some northern cabals to islamise Nigeria, and cautioned Nigerians to rise up against the clandestine moves.

Mogekwu, who spoke to journalists in Asaba on Wednesday, in an interview with newsmen, warned against treating the information with a pinch of salt; adding that the activities of these group of people, including the cabals, in the recent times, seemed to have given credence to their sinister motives in marking Nigeria as Islamic country.

According to Bishop Mogekwu, “The possible Islamisation through the rampaging Fulani herdsmen, did not start today, rather, way back in 1960 when the North became part of Nigeria in what the then colonial masters christened amalgamation; and since then, the northerners seemed to be having their way in all things, and to be honest, Nigeria had its independence only when the North was ready for it and the south had to wait as the colonial masters saw the North as a people they could manipulate for their own selfish interest.”

While expressing deep concern that the North had made itself superior demographically, Bishop Mogekwu said that the situation in the present-day Nigeria is not only pathetic, but also had become a political tool for political and economic manipulation in the country, adding that religion cannot be imposed on anyone or any section of country.

He said, “Any attempt to do that and in whatever way to islamise Nigeria would be tantamount to inviting anarchy and may pose danger to Nigeria; and it will not work, even though many Nigerians have been speaking against the moves, but right from the beginning, it was difficult for the three regions that made up the country to work together for a united Nigerian.”

Meanwhile, the medical women association of Nigeria (MWAN) has called on government at all levels to implement the 2015 World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation on health promotion and interventions for maternal and newborn health, which advocated for male friendly health system.

Addressing a press conference in Asaba on Tuesday, the national president of MWAN, Dr. Minnie Oseji, noted that achieving reduction in infant, maternal, harmful widowhood practices and all forms of violence against women could not be achieved without male involvement; and called on federal, states and local governments in the country to expand immunisation services beyond infancy and ensure that all women of child bearing age, irrespective of pregnancy status, were immunised against tetanus.

While noting that Nigeria ranks 27 out of 39 countries with more than 1 million widows, Dr. Oseji, however, condemned all acts of violence against women, insisting that aggressive public enlightenment and enforcement of laws regarding IVP be conducted and assured that MWAN would partner the judiciary to strengthen the family courts in order to reintroduce intimate patterner violence in the country.

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