Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris is behind Arewa quit notice to Ndigbo, says Methodist Prelate, His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Kanu Uche reports that the Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Kanu Uche, has accused the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris of giving tacit support to Northern youths who recently gave a quit notice to  Ndigbo living in the North.

The cleric who made the allegation at a press conference yesterday after the 35th Council of Bishops held in Umuahia, Abia State, said the failure of the IG to arrest the arrowheads of the genocidal threat was a confirmation that he endorsed the action of the Northern youths.

He wondered why the police are yet to arrest any of those behind the threat one week after it was issued despite the public outrage and condemnation it had generated.

The Prelate further  argued that  if such threat and hate speech were made  by a Christian, the security agencies would have long arrested him for prosecution.

His words: " If it were a christian that said the Igbos should leave the North they would have done to him more than what they did to Nnamdi Kanu. Where is the Inspector General of Police? I accuse him of supporting Northern youths. If he likes let him come and arrest me".

The cleric who said all Nigerians should be treated equally, warned against any plan  to Islamise Nigeria, saying that such move will spell doom for the country.

" Any attempt to Islamise this nation,( I assure youth that )  there will be no Nigeria", he thundered, adding that " people should stop sowing wind because there will be whirlwind ".

The Prelate allayed the fear in some quarters that Muslims are growing stronger than Christians in Nigeria , saying the conviction of Christians that life is sacred has been misconstrued to be weakness.

" Christians teach their children to respect the dignity of life. The Muslims are not more powerful than Christians just that as Christians we know that no country survives religious war."

Earlier in a communique, the Council of Methodist Bishops had strongly condemned the ultimatum given by Arewa youths to Ndigbo living in the North to vacate the region, saying it is a prelude to anarchy.

The 17-point communique read by Secretary of Conference, Rt. Rev. Michael Akinwale said all indigenous tribes in the country had equal stake in Nigeria.

It read in part: " The council condemns in strong terms the threat by Northern youths that the Igbos in the North should leave or face annihilation. This is a hate speech and a threat that should be seen as treason and punishable under the law of the land.

" It will be recalled that at the end of Nigeria civil war, the Federal Government proposed a plan for Reconciliation, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation. Non- implementation of this project has obviously led to the rise in agitation of various forms in the South East".

The Council, therefore, urged the National Assembly to revisit the bill on South East Development Commission which was shot down at the House of Representatives "as a way  to make the zone feel that it belongs to Nigeria".

The Bishops also admonished Federal Government against  pampering herdsmen  wrecking havoc in parts of the country but to take decisive measures aimed  at curbing the menace.

" Their mode of operation is similar to that of Boko Haram , and we suspect that they have strong tors with ISIS. It is important to investigate into who they are, and their sponsors.

" The security agents should not treat these agents of the devil with kids's gloves as non of them have been arrested and dealt with".

The Council also frowned at the flagrant disregard to the principles of federal character in considering people for appointments  into federal ministries and institutions by the Muhammadu Buhari- led administration.

This, according to the Council is one of the major causes of ethnic tension in the country.

" Methodist Bishops acknowledge the wisdom of our fathers for the creation of Federal Character Commission in Nigeria. Council therefore, insists that the spirit of federal character commission be strictly respected in employment and appointments at all levels of the Nigeria society."

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris is behind Arewa quit notice to Ndigbo, says Methodist Prelate, His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Kanu Uche Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris is behind Arewa quit notice to Ndigbo, says Methodist Prelate, His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Kanu Uche Reviewed by Unknown on Monday, June 12, 2017 Rating: 5

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