State creation will quell marginalisation cry in South East, says Catholic bishop




OWERRE EZUKALA –  The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, The Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has said that the proposed creation of states would quell the cry of marginalisation in the South-East geopolitical zone.

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Ezeokafor made the remark during a pastoral visit to St Patrick Catholic Church, Owerre-Ezukala in Orumba South local government area of Anambra to mark  the silver jubilee celebration of the parish.

According to him, the cry of marginalisation by the people of the South East was fuelled partly by the lesser number of states in the zone compared to other zones.

“The larger the population of the people, the more need there is for state creation. The more states we have, the more we can cut down on ethnic differences and problems,” Ezeokafor said.

He commended the delegates to the ongoing National Conference for approving the creation of more states in the country.

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Ezeokafor also called for amnesty to members of Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Biafra Zionist Movement (BZM).

“In as much as I am not in support of the attempt by BZM members to forcefully seize a radio station in Enugu, they are still not the main threat to the country’s unity.

“I do not support their style of killing or trying to seize a radio station forcefully, but I also believe that it is their right to ask for anything they desire.

“The biggest headache of Nigeria is the Boko Haram sect, and I think the Federal Government should channel more energy into fighting them,” he said. (NAN)

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