Worried by the lopsided appointments and recruitments into various federal ministries agencies and institutions by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, and their ripple effects on the polity, Bishops of Methodist Church Nigeria, have admonished the President to respect the principles of federal character.
The bishops who spoke after their 35th Council meeting in Umuahia, Abia State, frowned at the flagrant disregard for the principles of federal character by the current federal government, saying it is one of the major causes of ethnic tension in the country.
“Methodist Bishops acknowledge the wisdom of our fathers for the creation of Federal Character Commission in Nigeria. Council, therefore, insists that the spirit of federal character commission be strictly respected in employment and appointments at all levels of the Nigeria society.”
The Bishops also condemned the recent quit notice by Arewa youths to Igbos living in the North while advocating the immediate implementation of the three ‘Rs’ of Reconciliation, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction reached after the Nigeria civil war as a panacea to the escalating ethnic tension in the country.
Their words: “The Council condemns in strong terms the threat by Northern youths that the Igbos in the North should leave or face annihilation. This is a hate speech and a threat that should be seen as treason and punishable by the law of the land.”
The Council, therefore, urged the National Assembly to revisit the bill on South East Development Commission which was shot down at the House of Representatives “as a way to make the zone feel that it belongs to Nigeria”.