Posted by News Express | 19 February 2020 | 2,060 times
The positions of Nigeria’s service chiefs “will soon be vacant”, elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, has said.
Pa Clark, the Ijaw National Leader, stated this on Tuesday while commenting on the position of President of the Court of Appeal, which will soon be vacant when the incumbent, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, retires on March 4.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Chief Clark, represented by a former Nigerian ambassador to the Scandinavian countries, Amb. GodKnows Igali, spoke in Abuja at a book launch, advising President Muhammadu Buhari not to delay the sack of the service chiefs, whom many Nigerians say have overstayed their usefulness.
NAN quoted him as saying: “The whole country and indeed the international community is watching how Mr President will handle the next appointment for the Presidency of the Court of Appeal.
“(This is) as the current occupier bows out and the position becomes vacant on March 4, 2020, and those of the service chiefs which will soon be vacant.
“My Prayer is that Mr President will do the right thing.”
The elder statesman, while hailing the Senate for considering to review Nigeria’s constitution, charged them to look at religion critically.
“Religious difference has been one of the main problems causing insecurity and disunity in the country.
NAN reports that, speaking also at the same event, the National President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Samsom Ayokunle, called on President Buhari to re-write his name by tackling ongoing insecurity challenges.
“Write good history about yourself. Let Nigerians know you for what is face-worthy.
“I have said it again and again that the type of bloodshed that is going on in Nigeria is not a good history that we are going to recall.
“It will be good to make sure that those in government fight violence in Nigeria.
“Because if they fail to accomplish a Nigeria where there is peace and security, it will be sad and it will be part of their history forever and ever.
“Let us appeal to those in power to right history that we all will be proud of,” he said.
Also speaking, His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Archbishop emeritus of Abuja, said that the Christian faith is a gift from God and Christian’s must use it for the world.
Onaiyekan, who warned against the continuous persecution of Christians, stressed that the country would only prosper when Christians and Muslims live together in peace.
“Many Christians in Nigeria feel persecuted; when someone says he or she is persecuted, nobody should say otherwise because he who wears the shoe knows where it pitches.
“We must find a way of getting ourselves together and see each other as human beings. Whatever dialogue and peace cannot solve, war cannot solve it either.
“Peace is not keeping quiet when something is wrong, peace is speaking out the truth and finding the right solution to solve it. Let us pray for our nation,” he said.
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