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Promote National Peace, Unity, Buhari Tells Church Leaders |RN

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has charged church leaders to use their positions to promote peace and unity in the country.

He made the call at the opening of the 23rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria on Saturday in Calabar.

Represented by Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Eyo-Ita, Buhari said the church, as the conscience of the nation, should promote ideals of unity and pray for the nation as we move towards election year.

He said that the gathering was historic in view of the significant role the church played in the existence of the country.

“The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria remains a pivotal agent of change in our nation and beyond.

“Your role in education, health and other social spheres of our society remains commendable and as a Government, we are committed to promoting the ideals and societal norms that unite us as a people.

“I commend the church for her investment in the hospitality industry and education through the proposed establishment of Presby Guest House and her efforts to complete Hope Waddell University aimed at producing a new generation of leaders.

“We also commend the church for her contribution in the agricultural sub-sector, particularly the Presby Farm Ltd as well as the Yakurr Farms.

“The church is encouraged to take advantage of the various opportunities provided by the government to empower Nigerians to venture into agriculture to guarantee food security,” he said.

The president used the occasion to call on all Nigerians to support government programmes and project and join in the fight against corruption for a better Nigeria.

Similarly, Most Rev. Nzie Eke, Prelate/Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, said the agenda of the 23rd General Assembly included a review of the church’s mission work in Nigeria and beyond.

Eke said that the church would also solicit for funds for the completion of the final phase of the N1 billion Hope Waddell University project and the construction of Presbyterian Guest House at an estimated cost of N950 million.

He reminded Christians to participate in politics and be the change they wanted to see by ensuring that they got their Permanent Voter Cards.

“We shall pray for our leaders, especially our President Muhammadu Buhari, for God to guide him to conduct peaceful elections in 2019.

“Let me quickly remind all those who do not have PVC to go and register for one immediately after the assembly; the PVC is your power.

“If you do not have it, you are denying yourself a fundamental right to choose your leaders and, I encourage Presbyterians to get actively involved in politics so that we can influence the society.”

The Prelate warned Christians of the dangers of being too narrow-minded and intolerant, saying such split the body of Christ.

On his part, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, said that security challenges were not peculiar to Nigeria, but a continental problem spreading to the country.

Enang said that the church should not be made to think that it was a religious problem because the similar crisis was happening in Zamfara that had a population predominantly Muslims.

He said that Nigeria as a nation was reconsidering the Economic Community of West African States free movement agreement which allowed for an easy influx of foreigners into the country.

(NAN)

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Engaging Those Agitating For Biafra Is The Sure Means To Resolving The Issue

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Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says engaging in dialogue with those agitating for an independent state of Biafra is a sure way to resolving the issue.

Speaking at the Biafra conference in Abuja on Thursday, the former president said Nigerians must treat the country with care.

‎He said the country’s fundamental problem was that it had lacked national leaders.

“We never had a national leader. Our leaders at the beginning were mindful of their regions. That is our problem till today,” he said.

‎”I have maintained that the young officers who struck in 1966 were naive but there were some element of nationalism in some of them. Be that as it may, it set us back.”

He said the war showed the bad side of the country.

“The language used in the war did not help matters, the people on the Biafra side called us vandals and we called them rebels,” he said.

“We thought we would end the war in three months, but it took us 30 months, and the federal side nearly lost it.

‎”Civil war is more difficult than fighting in a foreign land because we are fighting to unite.

‎”‎Even a soldier of mine who tried to rape a woman… I had to chase him with a gun. He did not succeed in raping the woman, and I did not have to gun him down.”

Obasanjo said some of those agitating for Biafra today lacked an understanding of what it entails.

“Some of the people agitating for Biafra today were not even born then. They don’t know what it entails,” he said.

‎”But I think, we should even appeal to those saying they want to go, we should not tell them to go, we should make them understand that there is enough cake to share. We should massage Nigeria just like in a love relationship.”             (The Cable)

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