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Anglican clergy decry high-level of insecurity in Ebonyi

Anglican clergy decry high-level of insecurity in Ebonyi
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Anglican clergy decry high-level of insecurity in Ebonyi

Ruth Oginyi

A clergy Rev. Paul Udogu, Anglican Bishop of Afikpo Diocese, Ebonyi State Friday expressed worry over the recent assassination and waste of innocent blood in the Isu community, Onicha local government area of the state.

Udogu said the church condemns the insecurity and communal clashes in some parts of the State and calls on the government to protect the citizens.

The clergy spoke at the church Cathedral, Afikpo, Afikpo North local government area of the state at the 6th synod of the church.

Udogu noted that the traditional ruler of the Isu community in the state, HRH Ambrose Ogbu was recently abducted six months ago and has not been released till today.

He further disclose that the President General of the community, the palace Secretary of the community, and some other prominent members of the community have been assassinated.

His words, “The people of Isu living in serious fear as many people have migrated to safe areas. Nobody can say exactly what is happening at Isu.

“We call upon the Dave Umahi led Ebonyi State government to use her instruments of power to discover the remote and immediate causes of the Isu trouble and profer solution to the problem. We also appeal to the perpetrators of this act to lay down their arms and use dialogue to resolve whatever is the problem.

“The Isinkwo- Abaomege crisis is still lingering. We are happy that soldiers are stationed there now. However, there is still a need for government to proffer a lasting solution and bring reconciliation between the warring communities of Isinkwo and Abaomege”, said.

Speaking on the 2023 general elections, the Bishop described it as critical to the survival of Nigeria as a nation.

“This election is not a matter of party or tribe. Nigeria’s electorate must be ready to vote for integrity and character, vote for people who have records of godly leadership and who can handle the mess in our community, and vote for people who are sensitive to the suffering and oppression of Nigerians.

“We a National rebirth, we need a new Nigeria. These we can achieve by voting out of power corrupt politicians.

“Therefore, we charge all our members and Nigerians, in general, to make sure they collect their PVC and come out en mass to vote for the right candidates. Do not sell your vote and mortgage our future and the future of our children. This is the time to fix Nigeria by voting for credible leaders to oversee the affairs of our nation. Say no to money politics”.

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