By Alex Uzoigwe
The Bishop on the Niger, the Rt Rev Dr Owen Nwokolo, has expressed deep concern over what he called increasing insecurity in the South East of the country appealing for fervent prayers and watertight security consciousness among the south-easterners.
He unequivocally entreated people of the South East to be very vigilant and report any suspicious movements in the area to security agents.
The bishop expressed the concern in a brief chat with journalists, Sunday, shortly after the collation of six archdeacons and eight canons of the diocese at the All Saints’ Cathedral, Onitsha.
Although he lauded the current efforts of security operatives in the area, he doubted if their best was enough to contain the level of insecurity in the region.
He said that the populace should complement the efforts of security agents in the zone by themselves engaging in committed fasting and prayers and also appealed that any suspicious movements in the area should be promptly reported.
“Anything they see that seems to threaten the peace and security of their area should be immediately reported, that is one of the ways we can help to police our environment.
“It is not only trained security personnel that can do the watchdog of the society. Every individual in society should join hands in securing our environment.
This is because we in this part of the world love life and respect the sanctity of human life. We love peace and harmony”, Bishop Nwokolo explained.
On the Russia-Ukraine face-off, the bishop dismissed any possibility of a third world war because, according to him, “the United Nations will always coordinate as the Supper Powers are there to forestall any attempt to plunge the world into a catastrophic world war. NATO and the United Nations are believed to be putting heads together for a possible resolution of the crisis”.
However, he said that what the rest of the world need do was to compel Russia to soft-pedal on their unilateral use of force against an independent nation, assuring, “As for the occurrence of a third world war, I doubt the possibility”.