Archbishop of the Niger Delta Province of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, The Most Rev Tunde Adeleye, has said the suspended RUGA programme was an attempt by the Federal Government at “Islamising and Fulanising” the country.
Adeleye who stated this, while addressing reporters on the 2019 Synod at the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, Anglican Communion in Calabar, described the fear of Islamization as palpable.
“These mass movement of cows in the country is a ploy to Islamize the country,” Adeleye, who is also the Chairman of the South-South zone of the Christian Council of Nigeria, said.
While commending the suspension of the programme, he feared that the fact that it has not been outrightly cancelled was “still dangerous and scary”.
“The Arewa Youths have given the Federal Government an ultimatum to restore it. The chairman of the Ohaneze has just orders the Igbos to be prepared to defend themselves. The Yoruba leaders have insisted that such a thing will never be allowed to be executed in the West. These shows that peace has not yet come. We are not now sure of the details of National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) regarding the movement of cows in the country,” Adeleye said.
He said the country is now divided along religious lines and there is a heavy promotion of one religion over others, “which explains herdsmen are able to freely kill and maim people at will and without inhibition.”
He accused the Federal Government of fighting corruption with corruption, saying the problem was still very much part of the country’s social and economic existence.
According to him, the fight against corruption was “mere lip service and daylight camouflage.”
“For the government to just watch the people suffering and being stampeded and killed without help, is corruption,” Adeleye said.
The cleric described present Nigerian Constitution as the major problem of the country, saying it is a “unitary governemnt constitution masked in Federalism.”
“In the constitution, the central government is ultimately supreme. It is not a federal constitution. The centre is too powerful and too attractive. Therefore, all Christians everywhere should spend time to pray for Nigeria. True Federalism is the solution for our socio-political and economic challenges,” he said.