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Don’t Witch-Hunt Opposition, Methodist Bishops Tell Buhari

Posted: May 10, 2015 at 1:27 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Idongesit Ashameri, Uyo


The council of Methodist Bishops of Nigeria has advised the President-elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari against any tendency to witch-hunt opposition, but to, in the spirit of national reconciliation forgive all who may have wronged him in the course of electioneering campaigns.

To achieve this, Buhari, the Bishops council urged, must shun detractors and focus on working to justify the confidence repose in him by Nigerians, especially in tackling the country’s critical infrastructures such as refineries.

In a communique presented at the end of the 33rd council of Bishops of Methodist Church Nigeria yesterday in Uyo the Akwa Ibom State capital, the religious leaders believe such focus by the incoming president will reduce the rate of importation of fuel and government subsidy on petroleum products.

Apparently drawing the incoming president’s attention to an area of grave concern – corruption, the communique signed by the Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence, Samuel Emeka Uche and Secretary, Rev Raphael Opoko, noted that the inability of government to fight corruption has continued to highten the corruption index of Nigerians internationally.

“Nigerians rating in corruption index continues to be a source of concern as we continue to slide down every day, due to inability of government to fight corruption in every sphere of our national life. It has become public knowledge that developmental projects in Nigeria do not match the amount budgeted for the purpose. This is believed to be the result of alleged massive diversion of such funds by the people in government”.

“Even proven cases of fraudulent leadership like the immigration recruitment scam have received little or no disciplinary measure from the authorities of the state, not to talk of issues relating to fuel subsidy”.

“The 33rd Council of the Methodist Bishops affirmed that there is no way we can make progress as a nation if money budgeted for developmental projects are not utilized for that purpose. The Bishops Council therefore call on government at all levels to put the interest of the masses above personal greed”.

While noting with regret, high rate of unemployment in the country, even as universities keep turning out graduates daily, the council called on government to come up with policies that would tackle unemployment and free idle youths who have become tools in the hands of miscreants.