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Anglican Church Wants Buhari to Rethink Re-Election Bid

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari
Anglican Church Wants Buhari to Rethink Re-Election Bid

The Diocese of Nnewi, Anglican Communion, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rethink his desire to seek a second term at the 2019 general elections.

The Church noted that has the re-election bid of the President has continued to trail emotions, ranging from indifference to anger.

This is contained in the presidential address delivered by Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger and Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, His Grace Most Reverend Godwin Okpala, to the Diocese during the second session of the 8th Synod of Diocese of Nnewi held at St Judes Anglican Church Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Anambra state.

“While some political analysts and stalwarts see it as another opportunity to consolidate his achievements, other Nigerians who were grossly injured with his administration describe the re-election bid as a time bomb,” the church said.

Okpala alleged that “the menace of the killer herdsmen suspected to be mainly Fulanis in various parts of Nigeria has continued to pose serious threat to national unity and urgent steps must be taken to address the situation by the Federal Government.

“With the dissenting voices to President Buhari’s re-election bid, Nigeria will be sitting on a keg of gun powder due to the hardship his first tenure inflicted on them. The menace of herdsmen in various parts of Nigeria such as North-Central, South-West, South-East and South-South zones has continued to pose serious threats to national unity and if not checked, will destroy Nigeria.

“The heinous descent of these herdsmen on villages and farmlands, looting, raping, killing and kidnapping of farmers and other villagers have metamorphosed into frightening trends with use of sophisticated weapons, such as AK47, in place of sticks.”

The Archbishop in the Synod,theme, “Forgiveness, the Hallmark of Christian Faith” also noted that, “To many Nigerians, the killings by herdsmen is seen as a battle between the Jihadists against other ethnic groups in the country, notably the easterners and south westerners.

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