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Insecurity: Cleric urges Buhari to correct injustice against S’East, others

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By Ruth Oginyi

The Archbishop of Methodist Archdiocese of Enugu, Rev. Christopher Edeh, has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to use his mandate to correct the injustice being meted to the south east and other geopolitical zones in his bid to tackle security challenges in the country.

Edeh made the call in Abakaliki on Sunday during the consecration of Professor Philip Akam, the commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ebonyi state as the Prelate/Archbishop of Christ The Light Gospel Mission.

The cleric argued that if Buhari enthroned justice in the country, insecurity would be overcome. He stressed that, without justice and fairness in the country, insecurity would not stop.

“All the new service chiefs should rise to do their work. The whole country is in turmoil and there is crisis everywhere.

“Let me say this; security is not a function of the gun; it is not a function of whether you have area surveillance with the military; it is a function of peace and peace doesn’t come by force. Peace comes by justice.

“Let those who are in authority rise up and give justice. Once there is justice, there is peace and there will be no need for more security because with justice, everywhere will be peaceful. Let the government rise and give us justice, everyone deserves justice, all the ethnic groups deserve justice but if we continue the way we are going where some people feel marginalised, many people are disenchanted with this country. So, once we can give justice, there will be peace. There is going to be security,” he said.

Akam, urged the people to get close to God be to secure their lives and future

“The best thing that can happen to anybody is to get very close to God. I came from a very poor background. My father was a peasant farmer and, with that, he was able to bring me up and I had my GCE. When I saw he could do no more, I asked him to stop. I went to Onitsha, started carrying things for people and, from there, I was able to raise money.

“It was one day that I met a man God used to change my life. While carrying the load for people, he sponsored my movement to the United State of America where I lived for 17 years. I did most of my studies there, though at one of the most famous universities of the world, Adam Smith University from where I had my professorship and later returned to this country.

“From the very first day I returned to this country, I saw things going the other way round. I shed tears. I remembered that I had returned to that same place where nothing worked except corruption, impunity, victimisation, humiliation, and so on,” he said.

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