Archbishop Martins Advises FG to Declare a State of Emergency

With the constant killings, arson, and kidnappings across the country, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, has asked the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on insecurity.

According to the archbishop, this move has become a necessity to save Nigeria from the threat of anarchy it currently faces.

Rev. Fr. Anthony Godonu, the Director of Social Communications has also lent his voice to the discourse. He noted that to finally remove kidnappers and bandits from the country, security agencies ought to be in constant talks with critical stakeholders like the leaders of political parties, religious leaders, ethnic group leaders, traditional rulers, etc.

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He said, “It is obvious that insecurity, apart from corruption, has become the single most serious problem that is facing our country today. Many innocent persons are being kidnapped for ransom, many are being attacked in their homes and displaced with their properties destroyed and normal life disrupted daily.”

“Even Policemen and their Stations are being deliberately attacked with impunity. What this means is that the country is gradually drifting into a state of anarchy. This, no doubt, portends a grave danger for our collective wellbeing.”

“This is no time to play the blame game or to play politics through sectoral efforts. There must be a collective effort through a robust consultation with all stakeholders. We all must come together to fight this hydra-headed monster of insecurity that is making life difficult for our people. So, we call upon the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on insecurity and roll out practical action plans with time frames within which the situation will be brought under control.”

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