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The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Reverend Mathew Kukah and the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali N’Abba, Saturday, in Abuja, called for end to killings and violence in some parts of the country.
They agreed that the country was not in a good place right now.
N’Abba and Kukah spoke at the graduation ceremony of students of Pacesetter Group of Schools.
Kukah said there was need for the Federal Government to take concrete action to end killings in some parts of the country.
His words, “I don’t think where Nigeria is now does good to anybody. Prayers are important but they are not enough. We need to also see some really practical actions.
“We are hemorrhaging badly. Nigerians know and whatever needs to be done and I think those in power understands what needs to be done and we need to be properly communicated with.
“We cannot have a country where illiterate people, people who have no contribution to really make to this country, wherever they are coming from, men and women of darkness to take over the country. It is not acceptable and the reason why government exists is to secure the territorial space of Nigeria. Where we are we are not working”.
Former Speaker Na’Abba sought for collaborations to end killings in the country.
According to him, the federal government alone cannot handle the current situation in the country.
He said, “I think a long time ago communities must have been engaged properly by this administration. I don’t think communities are being engaged. These conflicts have been raging on even before this administration and I thought the administration must have been prepared enough to meet with most communities where these conflicts have been taking place with a view to engaging them not on one off basis but on a continuous basis. I don’t see this happening.
The former Speaker further said, “I don’t think it has been handled in the most appropriate manner. I don’t think he (Buhari) can handle this problem alone and the impression he has given most people is that he is working alone”.