- Mike Okonkwo, the presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM) has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari
- The bishop condemned the president for using military force to decrease the activities of IPOB
- He also stated that restructuring is the solution to the challenges Nigeria is facing
Bishop Mike Okonkwo, the General Overseer of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari, for using Military force in the South East, to reduce the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafa (IPOB).
Okonkwo, in an interview with Vanguard, admitted that agitations will always happen, but insisted the solution is not moving armoured tanks.
The bishop also queried the recent NNPC appointments, among other things
He said: "Personally, I don’t subscribe to the calls for disintegration. I don’t think disintegration is the solution to the numerous challenges facing the nation. The key is restructuring. Nigeria should restructure. I have said it several times in the past:
Anyone opposed to the restructuring is an enemy of Nigeria. He is not honest and is saying so because of what he is personally gaining. The truth is that restructuring is the way to go in the interest of Nigerians.
"We should not use violence to resolve our differences. Agitations like the one we have in the South-East will come but the solution is not moving armoured tanks there.
Like I said, these are not the days you use force or instruments of government to intimidate people because there are those who are willing to die. We should go to the negotiation table to resolve naughty issues.
Take for instance recent appointments in the NNPC, why will people not agitate? This is one of the issues that make people agitate. You can’t give 10 slots to the North, three to the South-West, two to the South-South and nothing to the East and you want them to sleep.
And you want Nnamdi Kalu not to talk again. At times, I ask myself: who are the people giving advice to government? Why are they giving such advice?
I just heard of a rail project being built from Kano to Daura. What is the economic benefit of that project? We can understand the one from Kaduna to Abuja…because people who live in Kaduna can commute to Abuja daily to work.
But in this case, show me the economic benefit of spending such billions to develop a rail from Kano to Daura?
The states that generate these funds, we don’t have roads that connect them, how much more airport. The Asaba airport was built by the state government, not the Federal Government.
The states that generate the funds do not have airports, no roads and you want them not to agitate? What’s really wrong? Is somebody playing games with people’s minds? Such things are not acceptable."
According to an earlier report by NAIJ.com, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has weighed in again on the controversial issues of restructuring the country, and disclosed what it would not accept.
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According to the group, while they acknowledge the persistent calls for Nigeria to be restructured, they would not be stampeded into adopting a grand design from other regions, which would not be in their best interest.
President of the forum, Dr. Paul Unongo, stated: “We wish to reiterate our consistent position that there are no issues of disagreement and demands by individuals and groups in the country or anywhere in the world that dialogue cannot resolve."
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video asking if Nigeria should be restructured or split: