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Nigeria Must Embrace True Federalism – Cleric

Bishop of Diocese of Calabar Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Tunde Adeleye, has declared that if the Nigerian Government is to succeed, it must change the system of governance from presidential system to true federalism. The nation, according to the cleric, can have her own army while the Police could be owned and controlled by various states in the federation.

Speaking with newsmen in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, Adeleye said that federal government should not tell the states how to run the states.


He said by so doing, the problems in the country would be reduced drastically and various state governments will be able to take care of its people and wastage will be reduced.

The issue of Boko Haram would not be heard, he said, adding “It is no gainsaying that Boko Haram has been a threat to Nigeria’s security for a number of years.


According to Adeleye, “The insurgence has been a threat to every part of the country, particularly the northern part. Violence and attack on human privileges and rights, denial of fundamental human rights have been the attendant outcome of problems of insecurity.

“We have continued to be intimidated by Boko Haram as if we are helpless. They have killed and crippled Nigerians freely and uninhibited.”


He said it has been difficult to explain the reasons for the insurgency and the horrific insecurity in Nigeria, stressing that it has been suggested that the multiple economic and socio-political dissatisfaction in the country might have been the reasons why the Boko Haram group struck and continue to strike. Unfortunately, according to him, they have become a very organised and dangerous body, unleashing terror on the citizens of the country.


The cleric then opined :“We are yet to have a solution to this problem. The amnesty programme with the Niger Delta militants cannot be said to have particularly eased the tension. All around, we are still experiencing kidnapping, extortion, violent attacks, murder, and armed robbery. They all make life completely unsafe in Nigeria as a whole. It is our candid opinion that the federal government should look seriously at the security challenges in Nigeria.”




– Edem Edem, Calabar


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