The Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Diocese on the Niger, has identified geo-political identity, faulty political legacies, absence of commonly shared values and vision as some of the hindrances towards building and organizing Nigeria into one unified people with one mind and purpose.
It also said other problems that constitute major hurdle to building a united and progressive nation, anchored on shared values, single-handed vision and clearly articulated purpose that is acceptable by all, included poor performance of leaders, their ineptitude and grand impunity, widespread insecurity and biting poverty.
Bishop on the Niger, the Rt. Rev’d Dr. Owen Nwokolo, disclosed this in an address he presented in Alor, in Idemili South Local Government Area during the 30th Synod of the Diocese held at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Alor.
He called on the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Federal Government of President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the voice of reason and restructure Nigeria politically, as it is the only way of achieving peace and unity in the country.
Nwokolo regretted that “since the end of the Nigeria/ Biafra civil war, several programmes and initiatives aimed at building national cohesion and rallying the populace around a common cause, failed either because they were either tactical or short lived.
“The ineptitude and grand impunity of the leadership in the country has not helped matters, neither has the unsatisfactory way the present administration is handling the killer herdsmen that have become monsters in some communities in Nigeria particularly Benue State, helped the situation. The Boko Haram insurgents are allegedly decimated, yet they are still staring Nigerians in the face.
“The Federal Government should be highly interested in the security of lives and property. It will be a sad commentary if the present administration continues to compromise national interest, since it will be the worst mistake that will affect the present administration’s developmental roadmap and objective,” the bishop said.