Quit Oversea Trips and Settle to Governance, Bishop Tells Buhari


By David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka

The Anglican Bishop of Amichi Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Bishop Ephraim Ikeakor, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to quit foreign trips and settle down in Nigeria to the business of governance.

Ikeakor who was delivering his presidential address at the second session of the third synod of the diocese said, “we humbly advise our dear president to drastically trim down his overseas trips, and settle down for business of governance.”

The Bishop in the report which was delivered on Saturday to a large audience who attended this year’s synod added, “by these incessant trips for whatever reasons, we are getting the feelers from the President’s body language that Nigeria cannot solve her internal problems from within.

“Secondly, it is suggesting that we want to recline on the table of neo-colonialism where the western world solely determine problem how we will govern ourselves. Thirdly, it could mean that the present government does not have any reliable blue print with which to execute her much orchestrated change mantra.

“Which ever is the case, the bottom line is, let the President settle down in his country for governance. Western Ideologies, no matter how brilliant, without concrete domestication and contextualisation must always be a problem to our nation,” he said.

The bishop also commended the present administration for the remarkable improvement and impact in addressing and fighting the terrorist religious group known as Boko Haram.

“There is no doubt that the security situation in the North-east of Nigeria in particular is getting better.

But it is very apt and logical to state here that the Boko Haram activities have assumed new and more deadly dimension. No one should be kept in doubt any longer that the Boko Haram sect has translated and metamorphosed into the dreaded Fulani’s herdsmen.

“The senseless manner in which this unofficially trained terror group is slaughtering and wasting resourceful human lives is not just mind boggling but very traumatic. The unexplainable coldness, and silence being exhibited by the federal government in the face of these atrocities should give every right thinking Nigerian sleepless nights.

“The unremorseful audacity with which this herdsmen destroy farm lands and crops in different parts of the country without the intervention of our security agencies calls for concern.”

On the state of the nation’s economy the clergy man described  the economy of this country as fast dwindling and even nose-diving on daily basis. He said the current exchange rate of  the Naira to other foreign currencies is not just terrible, but very embarrassing, and there seems to be no solution in sight. 

He said: “No matter what approach or slogan the government introduces to salvage the economy, nothing meaningful will ever happen without enhancing industrialisation. No concrete industrialisation can take place in the absence of reliable and stable power supply.

“Why has it become almost impossible to fix the power sector in this country? Is it not time for the president to unmask this heartless and monstrous cabals that have held our nation to ransom?”