Bishop of the Diocese of Ijebu South-West, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Revd. Babatunde Ogunbanwo has lamented the state of insecurity in the country.
The cleric, while supporting the funding of “Operation “Amotekun” by South-West governors and urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to be dissuaded by several schools of thought on the step taken by the governors, advised other states to follow suit.
Ogunbanwo, who spoke yesterday during a press briefing on the program to commemorate the 10th inauguration anniversary of the Diocese at the Bishop’s Court, Odogbolu, said that it is high time regional security system was brought into fore because it is the only system that can bring about effective security operations.
He commended the governors for coming together to advance such a lofty idea, which was a proof of their passion and concern for the security of their people, but warned them to beware of sycophants who may want to hijack the beautiful idea for their selfish purpose.
He also enjoined them to work with the police and other security outfits in the country.
The bishop, who criticized the lawmakers for living at the expense of their fellow Nigerians, blamed their indulgence on the present structure and system of governance, which has divided the country into the poor and the rich.
He said that the nefarious system had turned a lot of Nigerians to beggars who do not have any alternative than to always go to the lawmakers with caps in their hands and hailing them.
The cleric, therefore, advocated a law that would make senators represent their constituencies once and be placed on sitting allowance.
He added that they should only be paid for the number of times they appear in the Senate and should have other jobs and not relying only on what they receive as lawmakers.
Ogunbanwo urged Nigerians to look unto God for salvation at this crucial time when all hopes appear to have been dashed as a result of economic situation and insecurity, adding that it is only God that can salvage the situation.
The cleric, however, urged Buhari to expedite action on the release of Leah Sharibu from the captivity of Boko Haram insurgents.