The Methodist Church of Nigeria, has told president Muhammadu Buhari to sustain the on-going fight against corruption and insecurity in the country but warned that such fight, must not be limited to a selected few.
Rising from its 45th/10th Biennial Conference with the theme: “Chosen To Bear Fruits” in Abuja, the Church in a Communique jointly signed by the Prelate, Methodist Church of Nigeria , His Eminence Dr. Samuel ‘Emeka Kanu Uche and the Conference Secretary, Rt. Rev (Dr). Raphael C. Opoko, commended PMB on the steps being taken to address the prevailing economic recession, unemployment, anger, insurgency and insecurity in the nation.
On the state of the nation, the conference expressed concern over what it termed as ‘rising religious intolerance in the Country and appealed to the federal government to do every thing within its reach to stem the tide, stressing that no religion should be favored against the other.
The communique reads partly, “The conference enjoins the government to embrace dialogue and promote equity and justice in our nation’s administration and governance. The conference notes with great concern the rising religious intolerance in the country and appeals for tolerance and harmony among the various faiths with a view to using religion as instrument for national rebirth.
According the Communique, ‘ the church had decided to become fully involved in attending to the welfare of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country. They commended the gallantry of all arms of security agencies in winning the war against insurgency in the North-East and implored them to sustain their efforts.
Everyone is talking about the northeast, but look at the communal waste of lives in Plateau, the loss of lives in Agatu and other parts of Benue, who is taking about giving them relief or rehabilitating them? Our leaders must be fair in its dealings, the church stated’
The Conference equally called on the Federal government to address the rising spate of kidnapping in the country and create a more secure environment for the people.
“The Methodist Church Nigeria berates the current over dependence on crude oil and urges the government to diversity the economy by promoting agriculture, infrastructural development and exploration of the diverse mineral resources in the country.”it added.
While calling on the Buhari’s administration to revisit the report of the last National Conference with a view to implementing it, the church also advocated for the amendment of the 1999 of Constitution to incorporate the principles of true federalism and a part-time parliamentary system based on the nation’s six geopolitical zones.
“The legislature is so bogus and it’s not in tandem with our customs and traditions. We want a situation where they take this thing as a part-time job, they must have their own jobs. They should sit once in two or three months and collect their allowance and not this bogus community allowances which are stolen,” The Prelate said.
“The most foolish people in Nigeria are the politicians because what you are acquiring, you dont know what will happen tomorrow. I know some of them today who are begging after been in government.”
He said “When you loose integrity, you have lost everything. Look at what happened with the budget padding issue. In UK, France and United States, parliamentarians go on allowances. So we have to cut our coat according to our clothe.”
While commending the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the peaceful conduct of the Edo State election, the conference in its communique, however bemoaned the rising spate of inconclusive elections in recent times and advices INEC to be more transparent in future elections.