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‘Nigeria Is A Sick Nation, Allow Us Go Peacefully’ – Catholic Archbishop Obinna

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‘Nigeria Is A Sick Nation, Allow Us Go Peacefully’ – Catholic Archbishop Obinna 
Archbishop Obinna, the Roman Catholic bishop of Owerri Archdiocese in a recent interview lent his voice to courageous Christian clergy, speaking against injustice, and the deteriorating peace in Nigeria.
In the explosive interview, granted to The Sun, the outspoken Archbishop spoke on the renewed call for a free Republic of Biafra, restiveness in the Niger Delta, and several other issues affecting the country.
“As far as I am concerned all these unrests in the Niger Delta or in the South East and so on are an indication that Nigeria is a sick nation,” Archbishop Anthony Obinna said.

Archbishop Obinna joined the Igbo Heroes Remembrance Day parade in Nkpor, Onitsha on May 30, 2016. The day marked a devastating massacre of Igbos by Nigerian soldiers. Human rights activists put the death toll at 90 and accuse the Nigerian Army of burying their victims in mass graves in the Army Barracks, Onitsha.
Excerpts from the interview are below:
Some of them complained about unemployment. Look at the state of the nation – everything seems to be in disarray. We have Boko Haram, Niger Delta agitations and the Biafran agitation in the South East. What are you going to advise the Federal Government about these?
As far as I am concerned all these unrests in the Niger Delta or in the South-east and so on are an indication that Nigeria is a sick nation. And the sense of patriotism is not there. I’ll say that is the reason for Biafra or the uprising for Biafra or the uprising for the Niger Delta. That is the reason. If we get Nigeria right and there is a noble sense of patriotism; noble sense of belonging in which every person, every segment of Nigeria counts and feels that it counts, then there won’t be all these agitations. That is why our leaders must go back to the drawing board and ask themselves this question; “Do we really want to be one Nigeria?” Is it the one Nigeria where we’re killing each other; afraid of war all the time and across the board. The leaders need to sit down and make up their minds if they don’t want one Nigeria, then let us separate peacefully. We can be good neigbours.
In a recent interview I had, I must have spoken this wise too. It is wonderful to have one loving, peaceful, patriotic Nigeria. If it’s not going to work out, for goodness sake, let us be honest with ourselves and say we cannot live together because we have too many religious, ethnic interests. I know we can go beyond this if the leaders become patriotic and being less self-centered, using resources to build up industries and factories to absorb the young people who are agitating. That has always been my position and I will continue to say that.

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