•From AKPAN ETTEH in Calabar•
The Anglican Bishop of Calabar, Arch- Bishop Tunde Adeleye has faulted the recent Executive Order 6 which was issued by the President Buhari stressing that it is against due process.
Bishop Adeleye who said there is no reason for the issuance of such an order scored the current war against corruption in the country low and maintained that the procedures adopted by the government in its anti-corruption crusade defy all known rule of law.
He made this known in Calabar during a state of the nation address and press briefing as part of plans to herald the 2018 synod at the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, Anglican Communion in Calabar.
According to the cleric, “Its corruption for the government to seize people’s wealth without having them passes through the due process of law. It’s corruption to appoint heads of security agencies from a particular tribe in a diverse society such as ours.
“Unfortunately, the battle against corruption in Nigeria is purely pretentious, selective, vindictive, in some cases overblown, displaying hatred, antagonistic, desperate, guerrilla style and defying all known rule of law”.
On security, he deplored the current security situation in the country saying the security agencies appear to be conniving with miscreants to jeopardize peace in the country. He said he agrees with General Danjuma on the need for Christians to defend themselves saying “we are cheated, marginalised, handicapped, oppressed and being killed by the powers that be”.
Speaking further, Bishop Adeleye whom was recently elevated to the Arch-Bishop Elect for the Niger Delta Province said the country today is failing and has substantially deviated from the paths laid down by its founding fathers.
“Nigeria is sick, deeply sick. Nigeria has derailed. Nigeria is a failing as a nation, if not failed already. The rail on which the foundation of Nigeria was laid is rusted under our feet.
“We left the path our founders laid for us. We cannot now say that what we have now is what Sir Ahmadu Bello, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, etc. fought for. I said in a meeting recently that if any of these people should wake up from their graves today and see what is going on in Nigeria, they might prefer to die again”, he said.
He said that judging from what is happening in the country today; Nigeria is not operating the federal system at all but rather a unitary system where the centre is too powerful.
He opined that until and unless we begin a federal system of government, which has some basic ingredients like state police, resource control, the prevalence of fundamental human rights, amongst others, the country will, unfortunately, continue to suffer in the ways it is suffering now.