News: Let’s Break Nigeria Amalgamation Erroneous – Methodist Bishop

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■ Condemns activities of herdsmen

THE Bishop, Methodist Diocese of Onitsha, Rt Rev B.L. Onuagha has bared
his mind on the state of Nigerian nation
and noted that the amalgamation of
1914 has not favoured the Igbo,
appealing to the world leaders to listen
to the South East and break, off “this monster called amalgamation.”

This was contained in the Bishop’s
address to mark the 14th annual dioc­
esan synod of the church. Bishop
Onuagha said since the amalgamation
was not working in the interest of the
components of the federation that the best option should be to dissolve it
based on the fact that, according to him,
a section of the country was suffering

The Bishop cited the activities of the
Fulani cattle herdsmen who he said had
displaced communities, killed, maimed
and burgled the people with impunity
and government would remain complas­
cent. He described it as an indication that some people were not wanted in the
marriage. The synod enjoined the
Federal Government to make enabling
law as regards grazing in Nigeria to
avoid bloodletting between the
herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria.

“Amalgamation has brought about the
erosion of human dignity, the en­
slavement of a section of the people in
the name of one Nigeria. This deadly
monster has led to the loss of millions of
lives of Igbo and no one is talking about the genocide. Yes, our culture and that
of those in question are not the same.
Our language is not the same, our
customs, our tradition, our faith and our
education are not the same. Our values
are at variance. Then, why must we be forced to be in a marriage that we do not
want and we see that it is not
favourable?” the Bishop queried.

He said he was not surprised that a
group was crying for separation from
the unholy marriage forced on Nigeria
by the British government in 1914.

The Bishop noted that even in the entity
called Nigeria, there is extreme hardship
to the extent that the naira would soon
become a piece of paper if not checked.
He said fuel was fast becoming a scarce
commodity to the extent that the poor could not afford it in a nation that
exports crude oil.

He said the synod urged the Federal
Government to tread with caution in her
quest to deregulate the petroleum sector
in order to avoid further sufferings of
Nigerians, adding that the refineries
should be made to work in full capacity.

“The cost of living is rising daily, as the
central government is busy witch-
hunting individuals in the name of
fighting corruption,” he said.

On Anambra State, the Bishop expressed
satisfaction with Governor Willie Obiano,
whose government is doing well in
providing security, agriculture,
education, infrastructure and other
social amenities.

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