Worried about the high rate of insecurity and the wanton killings going on in Imo state currently, religious leaders in the state have called on warring politicians to sheathe their sword and restore peace in the state
The leaders comprised about 50 Bishops from the Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Pentecostal and Evangelical Churches under the umbrella body of All Churches in Imo State (Christian Association of Nigeria).
According to them, “the recent insecurity in Imo state was majorly as a result of political contestation and insisted that all political gladiators regardless of their political leaning must join hands to ensure that peace returns to the state
The religious leaders made the call shortly after a meeting in Owerri Saturday when the examined the worrisome security challenges confronting the state
They however appealed to Imo indigenes not to allow themselves to be used by politicians either as unknown gunmen, bandits, herdsmen, kidnappers, Boko Haram, no matter the circumstances
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, the Prelate Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence, Most Rev (Dr.) Samuel C. Uche said , ” we came to see the Governor as a way of demonstrating our love for the State and more importantly, “to discuss the ugly development of insecurity in Imo State.”
He further said, ” because we are not politicians and not partisan, our concern is love for every Imolite and peace in the State and the steps that should be taken by all to bring lasting peace in Imo State.”
His words: “Imo is not known for killing, shedding of human blood and destruction of lives and property, rather Imo is known for hard work, dignity of labour, industry and a people that are very religious as over 95 per cent of Imolites are Christian
He said God has appointed them as leaders and fathers of the Nation and that they must maintain “high integrity, dignity, decorum, transparency and honesty in everything they do because the Bible said that righteousness exalts a Nation while sin is a reproach to any Nation.”.
The Prelate thanked Governor Uzodimma on behalf of his colleagues for accepting to listen to them and giving them the opportunity to express their stand and desires as Church leaders on the nagging issues in Imo State, especially the security challenges.
Welcoming the church leaders , Governor noted their concern and said as Church leaders they have a role a play in ensuring there is peace in our society and assured them that his government will continue to partner with the Church to ensure that Imo is properly governed.
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