His Lordship Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor
The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, has asked the Federal Government to use the occasion of the 57th Independence Anniversary of the country to address vexed issues.
The vocal man of God emphasized that Ndigbo wanted a united Nigeria that must be predicated on equity and justice, adding that there was great need for restructuring to quell agitations for secession which, he noted, was fuelled by years of marginalization and corruption.
He said matters of inequality and marginalisation of some areas of the country, were real and should be addressed to assuage various agitations in the country.
Bishop Ezeokafor who made the call at St. Patrick's Catholic Cathedral, Awka, during his Independence Anniversary message to journalists, said most Nigerians were not happy as was evidenced in the plethora of agitations across the country.
His words, 'As Nigeria marks her 57th Independence Anniversary, we need to build an egalitarian society devoid of marginalisation and inequality.
'At 57, the nation should be united and every section of the country should be given equal representation in the polity; no part of the nation should be an opportunity cost to the other,' Bishop Ezeokafor said.
He said the issue of restructuring should not be treated with levity, adding that the voice of the people should be harkened to on the matter.
'Allow wisdom to prevail, because I think restructuring will guarantee devolution of powers to the states to enable them to have authority over their own resources and development,' he said.
The bishop admonished the Federal Government to allocate more resources to power, education and health.
He said this would better the lot of the masses and further drew the attention of the Federal Government to the deplorable condition of federal roads in the Southeast Region and other parts of the country.
The Catholic prelate appealed for commencement of remedial works on roads to save lives.