Injustice responsible for agitations to break up Nigeria, says Anglican Church
By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna
The Kaduna Diocese of Anglican Communion has risen from its 22nd Synod to call for national rebirth, saying agitation for breakup of Nigeria were as a result of perceived injustice at the centre.
It said Nigeria should not to be the poverty capital of the world, when the country is sitting on gold with its abundant resources.
Speaking to reporters at the end of the Synod, its President and Bishop of Kaduna Diocese, Revd. Timothy Yahaya also said the Federal Government must rise up in defence of schools against banditry and kidnapping, saying that the next generation will not forgive the present if schools are shut down.
According to him, “On the calls for breakup of Nigeria. If you give Biafra today, only in Imo State the Okigwe and Orlu men will fight over who becomes the leader. If we have a problem as Nigerians, let us agree that we have a problem and solve the problem.
“The world is becoming global today. So, all these idea of we want to leave is because there are problems in the current state of Nigeria. If those problems disappear, everyone will want to fly the flag of Nigeria and carry the green passport and say I am a Nigerian.
“Our leaders should hear this very clearly; don’t pretend there is no problem in Nigeria: a problem of marginalisation, a problem of oppression, a problem of segregation and a problem of religious differences. People don’t think about Nigeria first, they think by their religion, region and tribes.
“Secessionists are calling for secession because there is injustice at the centre. But when everyone is happy, nobody will care who is a Yoruba, Tiv, and Igbo or Kanuri. They will only see themselves as one Nigerians. America is more diverse than Nigeria. Yet they live as a nation and they are very happy and they are the giant of the world. In our diversity is our strength, in our diversity is the beauty of live.
“If we don’t restructure this country, to solve the numerous challenges we find ourselves, it is my prayer that this big and great nation; this wonderful and prosperous nation will not be submerged one day. May God forbid that.
“We also call on all Nigerians to eschew hatred and all forms of bigotry. The people that are aggrieved should be called to the discussion table. We must remember that all the wars that have been fought in the history of the world were resolved on the discussion table. Blood and lives of human beings are sacred, therefore, all those that have grievances should come to the discussion table and we solve our problems, afterall, we are all brothers in humanity.
“On the attacks on schools, we are disturbed that it is only in Nigeria that things happen and happen again. The philosophy of Boko Haram is that western education is a crime and today, they are attacking schools. They started in the North East and it is now spreading to all over the place. One day, this country would not be able to run school.”