By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
The Anglican Bishop of Egbu Diocese, Rt Revd Geoffrey Okorafor, last Tuesday, raised alarm that Nigeria was on the threshold of collapse because of insecurity.
The Egbu Diocesan Bishop who made the disclosure in Owerri, the Imo State capital, while reacting to the open letter by former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, to President Muhamadu Buhari on the spate of insecurity in the country, said the letter by the former President should not be dismissed.
Noting that the letter addressed pertinent burning issues, he however maintained that the theme of the letter revolved around insecurity.
He said, 'Are we battling it? The answer is yes. The language used by Chief Obasanjo may not be very civil, but let us be blunt: Nigeria is on the threshold of collapse.'
The fiery Bishop further lamented that Nigeria was gradually heading towards destruction because of insecurity and warned that except President Buhari sat down and addressed the issue, the country might get to the point where it would be described as once a country. He however prayed it would not happen.
Bishop Okorafor disclosed that the Anglican Church in Imo State rejected the RUGA project, and called on the South East Governors and State House of Assemblies to enact laws stopping the creation of RUGA settlements.
'RUGA project is an indirect jihad that is looming and we as a Church vehemently reject its establishment in Imo. We encourage the State Houses of Assembly and State Governors of the South East to make laws to that effect. Yes, we have lands but it is not for cattle colony and we say no to it and that is our stand. It is an agenda that President Buhari wants to achieve but we resist it totally,' Bishop Okorafor stated.
On the calls to probe former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, the cleric said if there were glaring evidence to show misappropriation of public funds, then he should be investigated.
'For me, if there are glaring reasons to probe Okorocha for looting, then he should be probed. If you ask me, I believe probe should be enshrined in the constitution, such that a person is probed after tenure, even myself. My only admonition is let it be done genuinely and not to witch hunt or victimize,' the cleric appealed.
The former teacher called on Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State to immediately pay pensioners some months' arrears, while verification continued.
Okorafor said, 'I call on Governor Ihedioha to address pensioners' pains; two months for verification is too much. Many of them are dying. The Governor should help to cushion the pains they are facing. Pay them something while you conduct the verification, I beg on their behalf.'
Meanwhile, the Bishop has condemned the payment of pension to senators who were former governors, describing it as a big error.
'Nigerians like waste. For me, it is a very big error. Why would they earn jumbo salaries and still collect pension from the same system. Are those former governors on humanitarian services at the senate? It is just putting the state and country into debts and it is wrong,' Okorafor said.