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Cleric Tells Buhari To Disprove His Alleged Ethnic, Religious Bias

Posted: Jul 28, 2015 at 7:45 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Uka Felix –  Abakaliki 


The prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria, MCN, Dr Samuel Uche Kanu has called on President Muhammad Buhari to disprove his alleged hatred of the Igbo race through the implementation of principle of charter of equity to accommodate all tribes in his appointments of the members of his cabinet. He also called on the President to carry along all tribes and regions in Nigeria in his administration, if he must be seen as a true leader without undue sentiment of ethnicity and religious prejudice.

President Buhari had been accused of exhibiting ethnic bias in his appointments which was said to have showed bias in favour of the north.

However, the prelate spoke while dedicating the lodge built by built by Women Fellowship of the church for members of the NYSC in Ebonyi urged the President to remember that he is leader of Nigeria and not that of APC. He advised President Muhammad Buhari to accord every part of the country equality in the scheme of things under his administration.

He however urged Nigerians to be patient with the President and give him time to settle into office.

“We should be patient with President Buhari, he just started. I believe that he will balance the equation. Each tribe should have a sense of belonging, because if any one allude that the Igbo did not vote for him, I believe that there are Igbo stalwarts in his party, APC. “And the way to win them for the next election is to ensure that he loves the Igbo because there must be that apathy or sense of insecurity, people thinking that he does not actually love the Igbo man.

“But he should disprove it by demonstrating love, concern for the Igbo as a national leader and not party leader.”He should carry along all tribes, regions with sincerity, fairness and equity. He should try not to wrong any zone for the purpose of democracy,” the prelate said. On the wave of Boko Haram killings in the north, the prelate said “we don’t know what they (Boko Haram) are fighting for. We don’t know who is sending them. The bombings are uncalled for.”

On the crisis rocking the National Assembly, he cautioned the leadership of the APC to stop further interference in the affairs of the house noting that any member that felt aggrieved should go to the court of competent jurisdiction to reverse the elections. “The election of the principal officers of the Senate and House of Representative should be allowed to stand. If anybody is aggrieved, let him or her go to the court of competent jurisdiction to reverse it, not by thuggery or all other manoeuvring. Manoeuvring will not help us” he said.