What Anglican Primate Wants Buhari To Do About Corruption

nicholas-okoh‎The Primate of the Anglican Church, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, has given his opinion on how the Nigerian government should address corruption in the oil-rich nation.

He made the comment in reaction to the arrest of some judges few weeks ago by security operatives.

The judges were alleged to have been involved in corrupt practices and misconduct.

But the Primate says only the court can find the judges arrested guilty of any crime.

“It all depends on what eventually is said about the judges concerned.

“If they are found guilty, then it will not affect anything because the crusade would have been a right one.

“If they are found to be innocent, then the call will be for the government agencies in charge to take it easy so that they do not blackmail the government they are trying to serve,” he said.

Addressing reporters at the Anglican Women’s Conference in Abuja on Saturday, Most Reverend Okoh said that the fight against corruption was an indictment on all Nigerians.

He explained that corruption cuts across the entire system in Nigeria and that the government should extend the fight against corruption to the grassroots.

 

“The crusade about corruption is an indictment on all of us, because what I have continued to appeal to government is that after the top echelon the crusade should be spread down the line.

“If you go to even the most local market, you will find corruption there. They people selling groundnut they are involved in corruption.

“The university teachers are involved in corruption those of us in the church in one form or the other. So, no one is actually spared.

“What it means is that we have all been sensitised and every nook and corner of the country should be focused to ensure that we produce a better generation after our own that will be free from corruption,” he emphasised.

The government had extended its anti-corruption war to the judiciary, arresting some judges, whom the Department of State Services (DSS) said were suspected for corruption and misconduct.

Since their arrests on October 7 and 8, diverse reactions trailed the action, with the latest from the National Judicial Council (NJC).

The leadership of the NJC in a statement on Saturday condemned the sting operations carried out by the DSS against some judicial officers, saying it was a clear assault on the independence of the Nigerian Judiciary.

It said it had started investigation into complaints it received against the judges.

President Buhari Meets With Anglican Bishops

Anglican BishopsAnglican bishops led by Archbishop Nicholas Okoh have held a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa.

Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, the Primate of the Anglican Church in Nigeria, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh said that the issues discussed included the herdsmen attacks, killings across the country and oil pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta region.

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He said that the issues were of great concern to the citizens and therefore it has become necessary to have explanation for the people whom they lead.

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He noted that the President used the first year to clear the table. He is optimistic that things will improve in the country in the next one year.

The President also held a closed door meeting with former president Olusegun Obasanjo who refused to speak to state house correspondents after the meeting.

 

 

Anglican Primate Commends Jonathan Over State of Emergency

The Primate of the Anglican Church, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh has commended President Goodluck Jonathan over the declaration of state of emergency in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states.

Archbishop Okoh, who said the president’s action has paid off, added that progress has been made with the state of emergency and subsequent operations of the military in the region

He further added that with patience on the part of Nigerians and more effort by the security agencies, normalcy will once again be returned to the region and the rest of the country.

Reacting to the execution of some armed robbers in Edo state, Archbishop Okoh said the capital punishment was inevitable and should not be resisted when it is the appropriate punishment for criminal offences that hinge on human lives.