Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Marginalisation triggers Biafra, other agitations--Bishop Ezeokafor

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

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 inequalities and marginalisation of some areas of the country to assuage various agitations.

Ezeokafor, who made the call at St. Patrick's Catholic Cathedral, Awka, the Anambra State capital, during his Independence anniversary message to journalists, lamented that most Nigerians were unhappy as evidenced in the plethora of agitations across the country.

According to the prelate, “We need to build an egalitarian society devoid of marginalisation and inequality. At 57, the nation should be united with equal representation in the polity; no part of the nation should be an opportunity cost to the other”.

He said the issue of restructuring should not be treated with levity as “restructuring will guarantee devolution of powers to the states to enable them have authority over their own resources and development”.

The bishop, while admonishing the Federal Government to allocate more resources to power, education and health, drew attention of the government to the deplorable condition of federal roads in the southeast region and other parts of the country and appealed for commencement of remedial works on the affected roads to save lives.



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