Tuesday 26th September, 2017
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Bishops to Buhari: Respect federal character principles

Bishops to Buhari: Respect federal character principles

Worried by the lopsided ap­pointments and recruitments into various federal minis­tries agencies and insti­tutions by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, and their ripple effects on the pol­ity, Bishops of Methodist Church Nigeria, have ad­monished the President to respect the principles of federal character.
The bishops who spoke after their 35th Coun­cil meeting in Umuahia, Abia State, frowned at the flagrant disregard for the principles of federal character by the current federal government, say­ing it is one of the major causes of ethnic tension in the country.
“Methodist Bishops acknowledge the wis­dom of our fathers for the creation of Federal Character Commis­sion in Nigeria. Council, therefore, insists that the spirit of federal character commission be strictly respected in employment and appointments at all levels of the Nigeria so­ciety.”
The Bishops also con­demned the recent quit notice by Arewa youths to Igbos living in the North while advocating the im­mediate implementation of the three ‘Rs’ of Rec­onciliation, Rehabilita­tion and Reconstruction reached after the Nigeria civil war as a panacea to the escalating ethnic ten­sion in the country.
Their words: “The Council condemns in strong terms the threat by Northern youths that the Igbos in the North should leave or face annihilation. This is a hate speech and a threat that should be seen as treason and pun­ishable by the law of the land.”
The Council, therefore, urged the National As­sembly to revisit the bill on South East Develop­ment Commission which was shot down at the House of Representatives “as a way to make the zone feel that it belongs to Nigeria”.

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