By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
The Bishop on the Niger, the Rt Rev Dr Owen Nwokolo, has called for a harmonious peaceful coexistence among different ethnic groups in the country.
He explained that for any meaningful desired progress to occur in the country love, mutual trust and peaceful coexistence among different ethnic groups must first be collectively and genuinely sought after.
Bishop Nwokolo made this known in the 2019 Easter Message he released to the press in Onitsha.
In the two-page press release, he said that Easter, as a time of sober reflection, should be judiciously used by Nigerians to seek the face of God collectively and individually for positive turnaround in the political, economic and social life of the nation.
He passionately appeared to all the ethnic groups in the country to sink whatever had been their differences and work together to achieve the desired one-Nigeria philosophy of the nation.
Talking on other national issues, Bishop Nwokolo commended the Federal Government for commencing work on the Second Niger Bridge, describing it as a landmark project in the history of the Buhari Administration.
While highlighting the economic and social value of the bridge to the South-East and the entire nation in general, he prayed that the Federal Government should not allow petty politics to make it abandon the work half-way, adding that a project of that magnitude should not be scarified on the altar of politics.
The Bishop however expressed sadness on the way he said Federal roads in the South-East were fast deteriorating because of inadequate Federal Government attentions towards them.
He expressed worry that despite several passionate appeals to the Federal Government over the years for her to fix the roads in the South-East, the roads still remained without qualitative Federal Government attention. He particularly expressed regrets over the deplorable condition of the Asaba-Onitsha-Enugu Federal Highway, the Enugu-Umuahia-Aba-Port-Harcourt Express Way and part of the Onitsha-Owerri-Aba Road, among others.
Bishop Nwokolo equally condemned the ever increasing insecurity in the country occasioned by what he described as the gradual spread of killings by Fulani herdsmen.
He called on the Federal Government to urgently call the Fulani herdsmen to order in order not to call for reprisals by attacked communities, thereby creating regrettable, chaotic state of emergency in the country.
He called on the Federal Government to checkmate the activities of Fulani herdsmen by establishing ranches for them, adding that the only way to end the farmers–herders' crisis in the country was by establishing cattle ranches for the cattle farmers.