C&S LEADER CALLS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF CONFAB REPORTS
By Apostle Muyiwa Adeyemi (Chief PRO, C&S Unification Church of Nigeria)
The Supreme Head of the Cherubum and Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria Prophet, Dr Solomon Adegboyega Alao has on the Federal Government to implement the 2014 Confab reports and the recommendations of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Committee on restructuring, chaired by Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
He expressed supports for true fiscal federalism and establiment of State Police as solutions to socioeconomic problems bedeviling the country.
The clergy who is also the Baba Alakoso of the Sacred C & S Church of Nigeria has decried the insecurity in Nigeria and described the situation as "worrisome".
He, however, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take decisive steps to end the unwanton killings and kidnapping of innocent Nigerians to avert violent reactions that may threaten peace and unity of the country.
Prophet Alao spoke at the just concluded 47th Good Women Annual General Conference of The Sacred C & S of Nigeria and Oversees with the theme: "A Praying Woman (I Sam. 1:1-18)"
The programme which was held at the church headquarters, Orita Bashorun , Ashi Road, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, started on Thursday, August 15 and ended on Saturday.
The cleric said: "We must let the President to know that the security situation in this country is getting worrisome and something urgent must be done. We cannot continue like this.
"Mr. President and Commandant-in-Chief of the Armed Forces must pay more attention to the worsening security in the country. In my considered view, cattle rearing or cattle ranching otherwise known as RUGA should be the least of its priority. Cost of this business because of erratic power supply has become a major headache for the country and is leading to massive retrenchment. An hungry man is an angry man is a devil workshop.
"I am not an apostle of doom but most revolution have their roots in disenchanted citizens. I also wish to plead with the President to have a look at the report of Confab set up by the past administration and Mallam El-Rufai report and recommendations thereof. Nigeria will gain a lot by giving the report a good thought as what the majority of Nigerians are agitating for its true federalism, and if this would work as I believe it would, what do we lose? Those in opposition to true federalism are probably very few in the country".
On state police, the spiritual leader said:"It is either way. Every coin has two sides. When you have state police, you have the locals; they will know in and out of the community. Someone who is not indigenous can't know it. They will be able to get criminal hideouts. The disadvantage is the possible abuse by the state governors. Remember during the operation wetie in the First Republic, politicians deployed the police massively to harass oppositions. That is the only danger.
"But then there is a middle way approach. We can set up something like FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) which is in America. So, if the state police are going beyond their limit, they will arrest them. That is the only panacea. But the present situation where you have only federal might, we need to look at it and do some modification.
"Again, we need to have a judiciary that stands firm, that is independent and God-fearing. When we have this, our problem will be solved. I support state police subject to certain parameters. State governors will take full control. Make it a criminal offence for anybody that abuses it. In the United States governors don't enjoy immunity. I know just of recent, the Governor of Connecticut has just been released from prison because he overstepped his bounds.
"And until we go back to the basis, there will be no peace in the country. Because when a child thinks he is wiser than his parents, there will be problem. The trio of Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, Dr Nnamidi Azikwe and Chief Obafemi Awolowo sat down and said this was the best for the country and it was the best. We are not asking for the shifting of boundries. No. We are asking for constitutional federalism where states will grow at its pace and contribute its quota to the centre. Once that is done, the centre will be weak as opposed to when Governors go cap-in-hand begging.
"The problem is that the tiny minorities that is milking this country dried will not allow it and unless you and I rise, I'm not agitating for violent revolution but if care is not taken, the revolution is already building up. And before we know, we will enter the Egyptian revolution. It will be a bad thing if Buhari leaves the scene and trouble starts if he has not done the right thing. He should lay the foundation to put this thing permanently in check".
To the women who held the conference, he charged them: "As our mothers, the future of our children is very important and I therefore implore you to keep a tap on our youths such that they grow up in the teaching of the church. It is also your duties as mothers to pray for our leaders particularly our political leaders at all tiers of governance to remember their oath of office. They are not elected as tribal tin gods but as Nigerians devoid of ethnic or religion bigotry or partisanship".
The host and Chairperson, Goodwomen, Her Grace, Most Rev. Mother Prophet Folashade Alao who spoke on the essence of the conference, urged women and the youth to remain firm and steadfast.
"It is a forum for the country and oversees to gather together to make decisions on any issue.
" To women, they should remain focused and perform the duties God has given them to perform for our men. They should stay firm in the faith. They should be steadfast in the Lord".
For men, she said:" They should take care of women and to the youths she urged them to remain focused and do their best to uplift Nigeria. They are the future of Nigeria".