The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Dr. Anthony J.V Obinna has decried the extent of violent and brutal nature of the Nigerian state and blame political leaders.
According to the cleric, who expressed his concerns to newsmen on the weekend, Nigerian leaders are apparently either reluctant or unwilling to unify Nigerians on a properly equilibrium level.
Rev. Obinna said that no true and lasting peace, unity or unification can be attained without a negotiated consensus. In his statement he said:
“In a world and in a nation in which the dignity of every human being is echoed as sacred, inalienable and inviolable, no true and lasting peace, unity or unification can be attained without a negotiated consensus.”
He charged Nigerian leaders to create a more peaceful environment, through a deliberate and equitable consensus, “otherwise, Nigeria will remain a continually embattled nation.”
The archbishop recalled the ease with which Nigerians and visitors travelled to and from the country in the past, without fear of attacks by hoodlums along highways, and lamented how times had changed.
“Today, with hatred, violence and brutality being visibly visited upon citizens of our nation Nigeria and with impunity by Boko Haram members, Fulani herdsmen, sundry kidnappers, armed robbers and commandeered public security officials, traveling across the country has become a frightful hazard.”
“Therefore, anybody who successfully completes a journey and returns home safely, must have every cause to be thankful to God.”
Rev. Obinna also pointed out similar cases in Imo State and he said the state is not exempted from the countries overall violent environment. He mentioned the Awarra, Ohaji area that is an embattled zone which has cause the phenomenon of internally displaced persons in communities of Imo State.