– High-ranking Christian clerics have appealed to militants to stop the destruction of oil and gas pipelines
– They warned that everyone including the militants would suffer the effect of vandalism
– President Buhari was also asked to solve the problem of herdsmen killing
Bishops of Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion have sent a message to militants terrorising the Niger Delta region to have a rethink as they would also suffer the effect of their vandalism. The militants have been destroying oil and gas pipelines and this has affected the production of oil and ultimately the country’s economy. Daily Post reports that the religious clerics also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to find a lasting solution to the problem of herdsmen killing in the country.
Most Reverend Nicolas Okoh who is the primate of Nigeria said shutting down the economy will not only affect the government but also the people including the militants.
“The Standing Committee wishes to make a passionate appeal to the militants to spare our economy and stop the bombing of oil facilities. “Shutting down the economy is like pulling down the roofs with all of us inside; nobody will escape the negative impact. We equally call on those who can reach them to join in this appeal for the greater good of all. “The presence of herdsmen in our countryside is not new, they have always been around. What is, however, new are the unprovoked attacks on their host communities and sometimes saying that cow is missing. “They lay ambush and waylay people going to their farms, rape women and destroy farmlands; and their victims are at their mercy because they are armed.
“We call on the federal government to immediately disarm these people to return Nigeria to a state of peace.” “Our roads are in bad condition all across the country. Since our major means of transport is road, we call on the federal government to give the required attention to the roads to reduce the inconveniences, accidents and deaths. “Airlines operating in the country are going through difficult times, some have grounded operations. No doubt, we need them.
“We therefore call on the federal government to expedite action on floating the national carrier or rejuvenate the private ones to enable them perform better. “Further in this area is the persistent scarcity of aviation fuel which has troubled the country, disrupted many programmes, including those of government and private.
“We call on government to solve the problem of aviation fuel permanently so that people can move about their businesses with less difficulty within the country.”