Restructure Nigeria Before 2023 Elections, Catholic Archbishop Tells FG

The Archbishop of Owerri Catholic Archdiocese, AJV Obinna, on Thursday, called on the Federal Government to ensure that the country was restructured before the 2023 general elections.

The prelate who spoke to journalists in his office at the Archdiocesan Headquarters in Owerri in Imo state on the activities marking his retirement after 50 years of priesthood, said that inequality, violence, and hatred were affecting the growth of the country.

Responding to a question on whether a president of Igbo extraction was feasible in 2023, the archbishop said that restructuring the country where every tribe would compete and be treated equally was more important.

He said that he was happy that the pope had approved his retirement and appointed a new archbishop for the archdiocese after his nearly 30 years of service in the archdiocese.

Obinna disclosed that a new archbishop for the archdiocese, Lucius Ugorji would installed on June 23.
The said that he would spend the remaining part of his life to be writing, speaking for the downtrodden, and continuing his campaign for the total abolition of the Osu caste system in Igboland.

He also called on the peaceful resolution of the war going in Ukraine.
The Cleric said “Resisting Super-armed Russians with their inadequate capacity.

Nevertheless whether in Nigeria and Ukraine with sacro-ritual technology and low-rated technology or in Russia with the supersonic or nuclear armada, the telling effect is the same-more more brutality of humans, more and more bloodshed, more and more dislocation and destruction of homes, livelihoods, institutions, and structures.

More refugees, and further escalation of hatred, enmity, and anarchy. The war in Ukraine, a pandemic worse than covid-19, is in the air and affecting even Igbos and other citizens of the world.

“People are intensifying prayers to God between bombs and death. Let us all join in praying for Nigerians, Ukrainians, and Russians for an end to this annihilative brutality.

“Are we not all children of God, precious Sons, and Daughters in the one human family? Lord God, hearken to the tearful groaning of your children all over the world.”

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