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Insecurity: Bishop Urges FG to Restructure Nation’s Armed Forces

Most Rev. Bennett Christopher Okoro
From Marcel Duru, Owerri

Archbishop of Orlu Diocese (Anglican Communion), Most Rev.  Bennett Christopher  Okoro, has urged the  Federal Government to reshuffle all commands of the nation’s Armed Forces and to  restructure  them in such a manner as to accommodate all the  six geo-political zones of the country.

This, he argued would tremendously stem the rising tempo of insecurity in the land and also attract interested investors that  would  fast-tract the  nation’s wobbling economy.

Dr Okoro who spoke exclusively to the DAILY ASSET shortly after the ordination of Deacons and Priests and  commissioning of Catechist held at the Cathedral Church of SS Peter and John the Divine, Nkwerre said “our security situation is precarious and with this, no foreign investor can come here and invest.

It is therefore, imperative for President Muhammadu Buhari to reshuffle the command of the nation’s armed forces in such a manner  as to include  each of the  six geo-political  zones”.

The cleric warned against the establishment of cattle colonies and ranches in any part of the south – East, stressing that  grazing by Fulani  herdsmen was alien to the Igbo.

While calling on President Buhari to appoint seasoned technocrats into his cabinet to move the nation forward, Archbishop Okoro also sued for the speedy completion of construction work on the second  Niger Bridge to ease the transportation difficulties facing commuters which he  noted would promote commerce across the  length and breath of the country.

He also, renewed his  plea for the release of Leah  Sharibu, the young Christian girl still being held by the Boko Haram sect since 2018.

The Archbishop who administered the oath of not belonging to secret society by the deacons and catechists gave the new testament, the letter of order and licence to the deacons saying “take the authority to do the work of a deacons in the church of God committed to your charge”.

Rt. Rev. Daniel Nkemjika Olinya- of the Eha Mufu Diocese, Enugu  State in his sermon at the service advised Christians to shun  unwarranted blackmail, character assassination and cheap propaganda against their priests, noting that such unholy character  exposes the church  to public ridicule, hate, contempt and disdain.

The retreatant and preacher reminded the priests of the challenging tasks inherent in their vocation as disciples of Christ and enjoined them to gird their loins to meet those challenges.

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