Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Anglican head, Akinola, seeks end to ‘creek war

THE Primate of the Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Peter Akinola, yesterday, in Lokoja warned against the continued aerial attacks by the Joint Task Force on the Niger Delta, saying that unless urgent steps are taken to remedy the situation, Nigeria’s democracy was heading for a doom.

The cleric said reports of renewed fighting in the last few days between the troops of the JTF and militants which has led to loss of lives and displaced many was capable of sending a wrong signal to the nation's democracy.

The Anglican primate was in Lokoja to attend the church's provincial economic empowerment seminar which has attracted over 150 bishops of the diocese from within and outside the country.

According to him, the situation in the Niger Delta is one that needed to be addressed very quickly and it is high time that government began to live to its billings by making good its promises to the people of the region by providing employment to the unemployed young men in the area.

Government, he said, must be able to do that to the people directly and not through some middlemen or through some bureaucratic civil servants.

It was also high time for the government to give the people of the region a sense of belonging because, as he put it, “a situation were somebody with a diploma holder on religious studies from somewhere is made a General Manager over someone with a first class degree in a related field in the oil industry is not acceptable."

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