Kaduna blast shows nobody is safe, says Anglican primate
The Primate of the Anglican Church, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, yesterday said that despite the devastating effect of Wednesday bomb blasts in Kaduna, it has its positive aspect, which is a signal that nobody is safe irrespective of his religion and ethnicity.
Asked to comment on the bomb blast during the 3rd Session of the second synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) Diocese of Kubwa, Abuja, he called on Nigerians to unite and end terrorism.
He said: “That is a signal of insecurity. And again, it sends another signal, which I think has an aspect of it that is positive.
“ That is let everybody east, west, north, south, Christian, Muslims, African traditional religionists, let’s put hands together and stop this terrorism. Nobody is spared, nobody is free, nobody is safe.”
Okoh said that the abduction of the Chibok school girls has aggravated the state of insecurity in the country.
According to him, the entire problem would have been solved only when the Boko Haram sect militants lay down their arms and make themselves available for dialogue.
Asked whether he was satisfied with the Federal Government’s effort at rescuing the kidnaped school girls, the cleric explained that: “More than that, if the Federal Government wants to do bravado, all those girls will all be dead.”
He described the militants as very complex people who could distribute the girls to different locations.
Okoh admonished Nigerians that any attempt to forcefully rescue the school girls could result in a worse problem.
He said: “So, allow the government to take its time to rescue these people the way it knows how to and bring them back alive.
“To my mind, bringing them alive is more important than allowing them to destroy lives of those girls. They could easily be rehabilitated when they are out. They could be sent to schools locally or abroad, there could be medical facilities to take care ogf them. Please lets be patient so that these girls can
come back alive. Otherwise, Boko Haram has shown to everybody that it can kill.”
Also speaking, the Bishop, Diocese of Kubwa, Reverend Duke Akamisoko, revealed that the National University Commission (NUC) has given approval for the commencement of academic activities in Anglican University in 2015.
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