Most Rev Emmanuel Chukwuma, the Archbishop of Enugu Province (Anglican Communion), has urged the National Assembly to pass laws that would ensure election-related litigation concludes before the inauguration of any administration. He emphasized that this would strengthen the judiciary, save state resources, and restore public confidence in the electoral system. Chukwuma also suggested appointing retired judges to lead election tribunals for the benefit of the masses. Additionally, he called on the judiciary to demonstrate fairness consistently to gain the trust of the citizens.
Expressing concern over corruption in Nigeria, the archbishop criticized the previous administration under Muhammadu Buhari for its alleged failure to combat the issue effectively. He urged the government to investigate past ministers, highlighting specific allegations against them. Chukwuma further appealed for immediate action to address the prevalent hunger in the country, suggesting a review of the partnership between the government and Dangote Group on oil refinery to ensure affordable petroleum products for Nigerians.
In Enugu State, the archbishop voiced dissatisfaction with the treatment of the Anglican Church and urged Governor Peter Mbah to return Anglican schools and grant them official recognition, similar to Catholic Church institutions. He called for fairness in appointments to ensure that members of the Anglican Church receive their due representation. Lastly, Chukwuma opposed the government’s student loan scheme, proposing that it be converted into a grant to benefit the masses.
SOURCE: The Guardian
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