Quit notice on Igbos: Bishop Mike Okonkwo talks tough

Quit notice on Igbos: Bishop Mike Okonkwo talks tough

The Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Dr. Mike Okonkwo, has described the Kaduna Declaration, which asked Igbo residents in northern Nigeria to vacate, as unreasonable.

Okonkwo said Nigeria belongs to everyone and as such no one has the right to sack anybody from any state.

The fiery preacher also described the killings by some persons believed to be Fulani herdsmen as barbaric.

“As far as I’m concerned, they don’t really have the locus standi to make that declaration because Nigeria belongs to all of us according to the constitution.

“They don’t have that right and I want to warn that they don’t begin to fan the brims of war in this country, because war. That is one of the things I say in many foray because I was there during the Nigeria Biafra war and I know that war is something that does no one good.

“There cannot be development in any atmosphere of war and so, I suspect that those of them who are making this call don’t understand, they have not experienced war. Because if they truly experience war they will not be demanding for war”, he told Sun.

“For me, I would tell them to sheath their swords, and let us come to the table. Everything can be discussed on a round table and then we look at the gray areas and make adjustment.

“But calling for war is the most unreasonable thing to do at this time and in the history of this nation. So, I will call on the elders of the north to call their sons and daughters to order and let them know that they are tolling the line that will not be good for anyone.

“The Fulani herdsmen, I don’t believe those people going about masquerading as Fulani herdsmen are the ones we used to know. If Fulani’s want a land, let them go and buy land and keep their cows in ranches.

“Look at the mess that happened the other day. Cows going into classrooms; this is not acceptable. Let it be handled. For me, they should buy lands and go and take care of their cows.”

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