By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
The Anglican Bishop of Egbu Diocese, Rt Rev Geoffrey Okorafor last Tuesday asked for an immediate stop to paying of pensions to former governors now in the Senate, describing it as a waste of resources.
Bishop Okorafor further condemned the payment of pension to Senators who were former Governors, saying it was a big error.
His words: '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 in the Senate? It is just putting the state and country into debt and it is wrong.'
Meanwhile, Bishop Okorafor has raised an alarm that Nigeria was on the threshold of collapse because of insecurity.
The cleric made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
He was reacting to the open letter by former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, to President Muhamadu Buhari on the spate of insecurity in the country.
According to him, the letter by the former President should not be dismissed because it addressed pertinent burning issues.
'The issue is; what is the theme of the letter? Does it revolves around insecurity, and 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,' Bishop Okorafor said.
Further, the fiery Bishop lamented said that Nigeria was gradually heading towards destruction because of insecurity and except President Buhari sat down and addressed the issue, it could get to the point where in time, Nigeria would be described as once a country.
'We pray it does not happen,' he said.
Bishop Okorafor disclosed that the Anglican Church in Imo State rejected the RUGA project, and called on the South East Governors and State's Houses of Assembly 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's Houses of Assembly and State Governors of the Southeast to make laws to that effect.
'Yes, we have lands but it is not for 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 was glaring evidence to show misappropriation, 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, while verification went on.
'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,' the cleric appealed.