Anglican Church Urges Buhari To Resign Over Ill-Health As Suicide Bombers Kill Nine, Injure 13 Others In Borno

Bomb scare rattles residents of Plateau community

The Enugu Diocese (Anglican Communion) says President Muhammadu Buhari’s long ill health has impeded the growth of the nation and urged him to resign from office if he is unable to discharge his duties.
The Church also asked the Federal Government to make public the outcome of the investigations of the special panel headed by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo over the large sums of money recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a private apartment in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi in Lagos as well as the arms recovered by the Customs.
President Muhammadu Buhari
In a communiqué issued yesterday at the end of her third session of the 16th Synod, held at the Christ Redemption Church, Ogui –Nike, the Church, which however expressed compassion over the President’s present situation, noted that the development had kept him “away for too long” and enjoined him to resign owing to ill health.
The diocese further expressed worries over the October 1 quit notice on Igbo resident in the north by the Arewa youths and the hate speeches from some of their leaders. They warned against the repetition of the pogrom of 1967 and called on the Federal Government to ensure adequate protection of the lives and property of Igbos residing in the north. The church further urged Igbos to refrain from making inflammatory speeches on the development.

The Church, which commended the Federal Government on the war against corruption and corrupt practices noted however that informing Nigerians about the outcome of investigations on the recovered money would further boost their support in the fight.
The communiqué signed by Most Rev Emmanuel Chukwuma, the Archbishop/Bishop, Ven. Augustine Orah, the Synod Secretary and Sir HBC Ogboko, the Registrar, also implored the EFCC to “abate media trials of suspects in their custody and ensure the conclusion of investigation before arraignment and prosecution of alleged offenders.”
The Synod condemned the gruesome killing of Christians in Southern Kaduna and expressed disappointment that no arrests, prosecution and conviction of the culprits have been secured since the heinous act was committed.
The Church demanded that perpetrators of the acts should be brought to book in the interest of justice and fairness, stressing that perpetrators of crimes have indulged in further unholy activities because they have been treated with kid gloves.
On health care delivery, the Church condemned the state of dilapidation of basic and frequent industrial actions by health-care professionals as well as medical tourism among government officials, observing however that there was need for declaration of state of emergency in the national health sector.
The Synod expressed dissatisfaction that the power situation in the country had degenerated with electricity tariff on the increase and called on the Federal Government to compel the distribution companies, particularly the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) distribute prepaid meters and avoid the imposition of estimated bills.
Nine persons were killed in Borno State as seven suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers detonated their strapped explosives at the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) and Zannari community.
All the suspected terrorists died in the explosions that occurred on Sunday at 11:00 p.m. and in the early hours of Monday, while 13 people were seriously injured.
The attacks were disclosed yesterday in Maiduguri at a press conference held by the Borno State Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu.
He said that a female suicide bomber entered the university premises and detonated her explosives, killing herself and injuring three security personnel. According to Chukwu, one of the injured, Becky Edubi later died while being treated at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH).
The police chief further disclosed that four female suicide bombers also infiltrated Zannari community and detonated their explosives at two residential buildings, killing eight people, and injuring 11 others. The third suspect killed herself by detonating an IED strapped to her body.
“The fourth female suicide bomber, identity not known, who was arrested also died the same night (Sunday) as a result of injuries she sustained. Yet in another development in the early hours of Monday, by 4:08 a.m., two female suicide bombers detonated their IEDs within the premises of the university.
“One of the suspects, detonated her explosives near the Entrepreneurship and Skills Acquisition Centre, and killed herself, without any casualties.”
Chukwu said that the other suspect detonated the explosives behind the Works Department complex, and also killed herself, with no other casualties. Chukwu said that the police Explosives Ordinance Department (EOD) and Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) were mobilised to the scenes of the blasts to restore normalcy. The bodies of the nine people killed, and those injured were evacuated to hospital for deposition and treatment.
“The police and other security agencies operating in the state have provided credible intelligence to the military to identify where these explosives are manufactured by insurgents. As I address you right now, military operations are ongoing in Maiduguri and its environs,” Chukwu said.
Also, there was bomb scare yesterday in Angwan Jarawa community of Farin Gada in Jos North local government council of Plateau State.
A rumpled leather bag which caused the scare was found near the gate of Church of Christ In Nation (COCIN) in the area. People spread the rumour and they avoided the area but called the police, who quickly sent their anti-bomb squad to the place. But the leather bag was discovered to contain dog feed.
The spokesman of the Police Command, Tyopev Mathias Terna, told The Guardian that the bomb story was not true as it was discovered to be a mere leather bag containing dog feed.
Tyopev said that the anti-bomb squad snapped the contents of the leather bag and distributed to the community to assure them that the bag contained nothing but dog feed.
The police spokesman commended members of the community for their vigilance, urging them to always report strange objects or movement to the police for investigation.

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