The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Rev. Alfred Martins has lamented that terrorist groups Boko Haram, ISIS, ISWAP and other jihadists are holding the entire nation to ransom.
He called on the Federal government to intensify the fight against the terror groups and restore law and order in the land ravaged by constant attacks mainly targeted at Christians.
Speaking to the audience on Wednesday at a celebration of the 53rd World Day of Peace held at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos, Rev. Martins described as sad, unfortunate and barbaric, the recently released video showing 11 Christians abducted killed by ISWAP- the Islamic State West Africa Province.
”The terrorists are holding Nigeria to ransom – “Therefore, I plead with the Federal Government to put more decisive measures in place to curb the lingering cases of insecurity in the country in 2020.
“It is important that the security architecture of the nation be reviewed from time to time, even if it means changing personalities. “So, I want them to focus a lot more on security as well as do a lot more in providing the infrastructure necessary for growth”,
The Archbishop further urged the leaders to do more to ensure a peaceful and united nation in the new year. “Leaders of any nation are going to get the best from the people, only if they listen to them and dialogue with them.
“When there is an exchange of ideas and thoughts, then it is possible to really harness the energies that are within the nation. “If any leader is interested in the country or people, then such a leader needs to seek peace and seek dialogue, to achieve that peace.”
He further told Nigerians to join hands with the government to build a strong, united, peaceful and progressive nation.
“This has become necessary to curb the numerous divisive tendencies that have held the country hostage for years and hindered it from attaining real growth and development.”
Chinasa Asogwa reporting, Obinwannem News