Most of the guest speakers at the Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) organized by the Catholic Diocese of Warri expressed concern about the escalating insecurity and rising cases of kidnapping across Nigeria, and tasked the Federal Government of Nigeria with providing adequate security for Nigerians.
Olorogun Moses Taiga, the chairman of the JDPC 2021 one-day conference held at Jubilee Retreat and Conference Centre Effurun, near Warri, Delta State to examine Nigeria Democracy and Economic Challenges, said that the destruction of the Federal system of government began with the Unification Decree No. 34 of 1966, adding that Nigeria has been on a downward trend since then.
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Olorogun Taiga urged the Federal Government not to allow the insecurity situation to worsen, warning that Nigerians are now living in fear as life and property are being willfully attacked and destroyed by suspected Fulani herdsmen, the Boko Haram sect in the North East, and bandits in the North West, Central, and Middle Belt, and that the insecurity should not spread to South-South Nigeria.
The Urhobo P. G. stated that the Federal Government must urgently upgrade its security architecture in order to protect Nigerians from ongoing attacks and killings in various parts of the country.
He stated that the Delta Anti-Open Grazing Bill 2021, also known as the Delta State Livestock, Breeding, Rearing, and Marketing Regulation Bill, has the full support of the UPU, and that it will improve food security and internal security in the state.
“It will also promote peaceful coexistence and respect for each other’s rights between Deltans and people of various ethnic nationalities living in the state,” he said.
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Earlier in his welcome address, His Lordship Most Rev. Dr John Okeoghene Afareha, Catholic Bishop of Warri Diocese, said that our nation should be a nation of the people, by the people, and for the people, with guaranteed security to life and property, stressing that this would be a key factor in Nigeria’s growth and development.
“We are living in a difficult time of insecurity, corruption, and social-political menace, economic uncertainty, and moral decadence that are currently plaguing this country, and we need to curb them as soon as possible,” Bishop Afareha continued.