By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
Worried by the spate of killing by the Fulani herdsmen, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, on Wednesday charged the federal government to urgently come up with policy to deliberately disarm the herdsmen who according to him, “have been wreaking havoc in the country”.
The cleric, who spoke in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital at the Church’s Standing Committee meeting, stressed that it was “unconstitutional and discriminatory” for some individuals in the same country to bear arm freely, while others cannot.
The Standing Committee comprises of the Primate, Archibishops, Bishops and the Home of Clergy and Laity of the Church.
The Primate also warned that if the situation was not put under control, it would continue to perpetuate crimes increasingly and threaten the peace of the nation.
He decried the incessant killing by the herdsmen in the Southern Kaduna, insisting that the herdsmen should be disarmed as quickly as possible to put an end to the loss of lives and wanton destruction of property.
The Cleric also urged the federal government to use all forces at its disposal to fight the menace of kidnapping, noting that the rising spate of kidnapping all over the country was alarming and worrisome, adding “the apparent boom of kidnaping business is neither good for our society nor for the country’s economy”.
Okoh commended the Federal government for its concerted efforts against terrorism, which had ensured peace and normalcy returned to the North East appealing to the government to sustain the security in the region until terrorism is totally eliminated.
The cleric also praised President Mohammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war, saying “We identify with the government in this fight against corruption, recognising it as a noble cause.”
“The Standing Committee, however, wishes to urge them to ensure that its scope is widespread across all tiers – federal, state and local governments levels – and across all boards and groups. If deemed necessary, an independent body can be created and charged with the task”.
In his remark, the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, identified religious intolerance as one of the hindrances of development, urging Nigerians to be more accommodating of one another’s religious beliefs.