The Primate of the All Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba, has urged the Federal Government to unfreeze the accounts of some of the #EndSARS protesters and to also release the international passports of those seized.
He made the plea on Monday in Abuja during the Divine Commonwealth Conference (DIVCCON), with the theme, “We are More than Conquerors”.
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Speaking on the recent #EndSARS nationwide protests, the Anglican Leader said that while the protest had good intentions, but along the line, it was hijacked leading to havocs.
He said, “I want to plead with the Federal Government to know that they are the caregivers. Thank God that government has put in place panels to listen and find out the grievances and also ensure that some people are accountable.
“But this issue of freezing personal accounts and seizing of passports is not providing the level ground for the young people to come forward.
“Government should treat the issue in such a way that we can use our diplomatic relationship to get them from wherever they are, even if they run away.”
He urged the government to treat the issue in such a way that the system or style of looking for the scapegoat should not be employed.
According to him, there should be open discussions that will treat these issues objectively, after there are some video records of people who were breaking and looting.
“Police and security agencies should go after those pictures and trace people who are culpable, people cannot go and commit wickedness, robbery and criminality and go free. And those who are making genuine demands are being witch-hunted, let us go for the criminals and also listen to what these young people are saying,” he said.
He said that though Nigerians are currently facing many challenges, he urged them to remain hopeful and continue to trust in God.
“We are in a time that is so uncertain and the courage of many have left them, people are not sure what will happen next, it is now from one challenge to another. At a time like this, it is good for us to know that our God is an unchanging God, situations may change but God never changes and he has authority and power over all that he created.
“Even the challenges facing us are not just physical; there are spiritual dimensions to what we are facing. There are spiritual forces that we are contending against,” Ndukuba said.