BISHOP of the Diocese of Akoko, Ondo State, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Right Reverend Gabriel Akinbiyi, has called on the Federal Government to provide lasting solutions to the insecurity challenges confronting the nation.
He also said that the incessant kidnappings, killings, herdsmen attacks and the vandalisation of crude oil pipelines were slowing down development of the country.
This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of second session of the eleventh synod of the Diocese of Akoko, Ondo State, held at St. James Anglican Church, Supare Akoko, Ondo State, with the theme, “How Shall We Escape.”
The cleric called on the Federal Government to put in place measures to secure the lives and properties of citizens in all parts of the country and also solicited for the total commitment of the political class to fulfil their “change” mantra in order to salvage the nation from total collapse.
Reading the Bishop’s charge, Akinbiyi noted with dismay the recent revelations on the massive corruption by some government officials, particularly at the federal level.
“It is rather sad that the fund meant for the procurement of weapons to combat Boko Haram terrorists was diverted into individuals’ accounts for private purposes, leaving Nigerian soldiers helpless.
“We enjoin our leaders and those in positions of authority to be God-fearing and those who have looted the nation’s treasury must be made to face the full wrath of the law,” he said.
He noted that with the recent deregulation of the downstream sector, life had become difficult for Nigerians, while workers were owed several months of salaries and pensions, urging the Federal Government to pay workers’ salaries as well as pensioners being owed to save people from continuous starvation.
The church also called on government at all levels to create jobs for the unemployed to reduce poverty and insecurity in the society.