Bishop of the Methodist Church, Nigeria, Dr Sunday Onuoha, has made accusations against Nigeria’s leaders for not telling the truth about the banditry activities currently ravaging the country.
Bishop Onuoha, who lamented about the abductions and negotiations with bandits, called for the relegation of politics to the background in order to tackle the problem effectively.
He stated that Nigerians should be told the truth about all the abductions perpetrated in the country, who pays what and who gets what; lamenting that the country has been made an object of caricature by its leaders who freely negotiate with bandits.
The cleric, who is the co-chair of the Inter-Faith Dialogue for Peace, condemned what he described as mixing security matters with politics and called on the authorities to urgently address security challenges ravaging the country.
He also noted that the education of the Nigerian child is paramount, stressing that the future of Nigeria looks bleak if children of school age can no longer go to school due to the activities of bandits and insurgents who abduct them from their schools.
In his words; “Nigeria’s leaders are not telling the truth about the banditry ravaging the country; who pays what and who gets what. Nigeria has been made an object of caricature by its leaders who freely negotiate with bandits.
“We play politics with everything including security. Education of the Nigerian child is paramount; the future of Nigeria looks bleak if children of school age can no longer attend school due to the activities of bandits who abduct them.
“Leaders aren’t telling the truth about this banditry ravaging the country.”
Nevertheless, he commended the efforts of the military and other security agencies in waging the war against terror and called for more drastic efforts to win the war against banditry.