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Methodist Church tasks FG on anti-graft war

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Methodist Church tasks FG on anti-graft war

Methodist Church Nigeria yesterday urged the Federal Government to ensure that its anticorruption war was not perceived or painted as selective, but a war under which no one was sacred or untouchable, not minding party affiliation or alliance. This was even as the church decried activities of Fulani herdsmen and cattle rustlers, who continued to destroy people’s farms in the name of grazing, cattle rearing and who also kidnap and kill protesting farmers, especially in Benue, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Yobe, Oyo and other parts of the country.

The church called on the Federal Government to address the situation with the same verve and commitment with which the Boko Haram menace was tackled. Synod called for the immediate enactment of laws that will guide cattle grazing on public lands. The church stated this in a communiqué signed by the Synod Secretary, Very Reverend Simon Onaleke, Bishop, Metropolitan Diocese of Ikeja; Rt. Revd (Dr.) Stephen Tunde Victor Adegbite and Lay President, Frederick Ogunjuboun, issued at the end of the second Annual Synod of the Metropolitan Diocese of Ikeja.

They lauded the effort of President Muhammadu Buhari in the war against Boko Haram, saying it gladdened the joy of many that the terrorist organisation had been severely decimated and its capabilities reduced. The synod, however, enjoined the government, especially the intelligence community, to work together and co-operate more effectively so that planned attacks by the insurgents can be nipped in the bud before they were carried out as it was the case in Dapchi, Yobe State.

Synod noted with disappointment the disconnect, lack of cohesion and sharing of intelligence and information among security agencies within the intelligence community and called for synergy in the overall interest of the common man, who was always the most affected. According to the communiqué, “Synod also thank the government and members of the international community, particularly, Governments of Switzerland, the United States of America, Great Britain, France and Belgium and the Red Cross, for their efforts at securing the safe release of 101 of the kidnapped Dapchi girls. “It was a glorious sight to behold when the girls were re-united with their families. We call on everyone to continue to pray for the unconditional release of Leah Sharibu, who is still being held because of her refusal to denounce her faith and others, including the Chibok girls yet to be released.”

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