•Govt should make life easy for Nigerians –Bishop
From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha and George Onyejiuwa, Owerri
Leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Mr. Uchenna Madu, has described the current fuel scarcity in the country as artificial, saying it was meant to punish Christians, mostly Biafrans, who are travelling to their homelands for Yelutide.
Madu, who made the disclosure in a statement yesterday also described the fuel scarcity as handiwork of President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.
The MASSOB leader queried why the scarcity was mostly experienced during the Christmas period, saying no matter the level of stigmatisation, subjections, mesmerisation, intimidations and economic sabotage against Biafrans and Christians, the group will never succumb to pressures of oppressors.
He lambasted the All Progressives Congress (APC)- led Federal Government for their insensitivity in the real governance that will sustain the social stabilities, infrastructural development and health care of the citizens.
“The governance styles and policies including the ethno -religious sentiments of President Buhari-led federal government is the worst in the fragile history of Nigeria.
“MASSOB is truly comfortable with the present system because it justifies and eulogises our self-determination struggle for Biafra actualisation and restoration.
“MASSOB also disagrees with President Buhari that Nigeria has survived. Nigeria can never survive the heat of Biafra as long the people of Biafra and Christians are being oppressed and religiously stigmatised.
“We also wish to remind President Buhari that he still remains the last president of united Nigeria because Nigeria will certainly collapse in 2019.
“In 2018, as politicians are planning and warming up for the 2019 general elections, the coalition of Biafra agitators will be executing the Biafra referendum programmes, even leading agitators of restructuring of Nigeria state will add more value,” Madu stated.
Meanwhile, the Anglican Bishop, Diocese of Egbu, Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor, has urged governments at all levels to explore ways of making life comfortable for Nigerians during Christmas and New Year festivities.
Bishop Okorafor gave the advice while delivering the Christmas and New Year message yesterday at the Chapel of Holy Spirit, Bishop’s Court, Egbu in Owerri North Local Government Area, Imo State.
He appealed to those in authorities to ensure that workers receive their salaries as at when due, while pensioners also receive their gratuities and fuel be made available to reduce the economic hardship.
The prelate congratulated Christians and all Nigerians for the grace to witness the 2017 Christmas and enjoined them to appreciate the essence of the celebration, being the birth of the Saviour of the world, Jesus Christ.
He also noted that Christ was humble, little wonder he was born in a manger, adding that the humility exhibited in the birth of Christ should be a watch word for all humanity.
According to him, the love exhibited by the birth of Christ should motivate the people into demonstrating love and kindness to one another, stressing that the disillusionment in the land should also be addressed.
However, the bishop expressed fears that Nigerians were being subjected to long queues at filling stations, which he said ought not to have been if the people had imbibed kindness and love, the reason for Christmas.
He posited that irrespective of how highly placed a person maybe, such fellow should show humility and love,
Okorafor also enjoined the privileged not to lose sight of the downtrodden who look on them for some measures of assistance.