Bishop Mike Okokwo, the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission , on Sunday said traditional rulers should be apprehend for the spate of kidnapping in their territory because they know the perpetrators.
According to him , any traditional ruler whose territory records cases of kidnapping and needless killings should be suspended .
He also described as surprising and disturbing the silence of President Muhammadu Buhari on the security challenges ravaging Nigeria .
He warned against “ ethnic , personal, religious and political profiling ” of the security problems in Nigeria saying ,
“ as long as people look at the situation of Nigeria from those parameters , we will go nowhere. ”
Okonkwo said these in an interview with journalists after his sermon at the 7 th edition of the Leading Edge Conference and Business Summit organised by TREM (Vision House ) in the Utako area of Abuja , with the theme , ‘ From mourning to dancing. ’
At the programme , he advised that members of the National Assembly should reduce their salaries by half if they wanted to be sincere about Nigeria and the privilege.
Okonkwo said , “The people perpetrating kidnapping and other forms of violence did not drop from the sky ; they came from somewhere . They are living in the same community where they do these things.
“I have spoken with some traditional rulers that these things that are happening . As far as I am concerned , if somebody comes to my town or a state where I am operating and begins to kill people indiscriminately, then I will suspend the traditional ruler.
“How can that happen ? I am in charge of a place and the traditional ruler of a town and such incidents like kidnapping happen in my town. You mean I cannot do something to find out where they are coming from ? Where are they and where are they hibernating?
“They shoot people in the highway and run back into the bush in a state where somebody is a governor. We have had cases where some culprits were arrested . Governors and traditional rulers should own these problems and not be crying. Every day , they are crying; I am tired of their crying, they should do something as leaders .
“The President is not in a place like Enugu ; why should I be the governor of a state and be looking at the Presidency to come and handle my state for me when I have security votes ?
“The menace of kidnapping is staring every Nigerian in the face . I have always said something concerning this country. When problems of Nigeria are handled from religious, tribal , political or personal sentiments , we miss the whole point .“
While advocating the restructuring of Nigeria , the cleric called on Nigerians to embark on self defence against Needless killers and kidnappers.