NIGERIA IS DUE FOR RESTRUCTURING SAYS BISHOP OF AWKA DIOCESES.



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NIGERIA DUE FOR RESTRUCTURING ---- MOST REV.DR. PAULINUS EZEOKAFOR.

 FROM BENEDICT ODINAKA EZEOKA.

The Bishop of Awka Dioceses Most Rev.Dr.Paulinus Ezeokafor yesterday at Bishop house Awka, spoke extensively on pressing issues affecting the nation, and as such threatening the unity of the nation.
 Most, Rev.Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor in a chat with the press spoke about issues perturbing our country Nigeria, which he said that if not nipped in the bud, is capable of breaking the unity of the country. In his statement, he said that some people have resolve in dissolving  the unity of the nation, he said, Although, some group of people have decided to secede, but secession will not solve the problem of Nigeria he argued. ”We need the unity of Nigeria, which he described as  the greatest democracy in Africa, having stayed long in the union effort should be made to sustain it. We want one Nigeria but there is need for a   dialogue” he stressed.

 Speaking on the current issue in the country he said that there is hunger in the land, problem of insecurity, inadequate distribution of national dividends, infrastructural decay and poor educational quality. He told the press that Nigeria is due for restructuring instead of centralizing all the powers at the federal level the state should be given more powers to manage their resources. “ It is not a crime if a state is richer than the federal government after all it happens in America” he argued. 

Reacting to the current revelation by Itah Oneh that 8o% of Nigeria oil well are owned by the northerners, his lordship said that” it is very unfortunate, I mean how can. The people that produce this oil has nothing, "monkey dey work Baboon dey chop”. The federal government should collect from the state not the other way round. He said. The Bishop said that if after all your effort to produce and it is taken away from you, you will not like to produce again. Saying that a country that cannot feed herself will not make it .He maintained that Nigeria is better off restructured.

 While lamenting on the agitations in the land, he advised federal government to dialogue to find the best solution to put an end to it adding that using violence will not solve it. He bared his mind to press saying that indigenous people of Bifra (IPOB) is not a terrorist group. They were agitating because of marginalization and that the group does not carry arms so while should they be called a terrorist group. he asked. He arguably said that if you can call IPOB terrorist group  what will you call the Fulani herdsmen who have killed so many Nigerians in recent time and are being spotted carrying AK-47. He went further to ask what about Arewa youths who issued a quick notice to Igbos residing in the North. He asked what could be more threatening than that ?.  Reacting to the statement by Kaduna state government that it has issued a bench warrant to arrest the Arewa youths the Bishop asked why now, that the Igbos are facing a dangerous situation in the North. Instead of the Nigerian Army to take their egwu eke to sambisa forest they brought it to the most peaceful part of the nation

When the president came back he said that the unity of the country is non- negotiable. The Bishop debunked it saying that the statement does not speak good about the president as a leader. According to him, Nigeria is a union and that people have the right to seek negotiations as long as there is injustice in the system.
  
 The Bishop decry that Nigerian constitution was imposed on the civilians by the military who thinks that the world rotates around them. He maintained that the constitution should be revisited and proper amendment should be done.
 He said that the Bishops all over Nigeria are committed on the unity of Nigeria he disclose to the press that recently the Bishops of Onitsha, and Owerri  had meeting in Abakiliki which they christened “We need peace and harmony based on justice. Speaking on the 18 thousand minimum wage, he said it is too poor for the civil servants .He rhetorical ask what is the work of the senators  that they are consuming a huge amount of money yearly?. Saying that those things should be checkmated by federal government. On the issue of grazing grounds/ranches, he said that the federal government should allow individuals to provide ranches for their cattle because it is a private business.                 
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