The Co-Chairman, Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, has warned that the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East may spread to Bauchi, Taraba, Gombe, Adamawa, and Taraba States.
This, he said, could lead to displacement of thousands of people who would seek refuge in already over-crowded Internally Displaced Persons Camps.
Onuoha said this at the 2nd IDFP General Assembly in Abuja on Wednesday which had as its theme, ‘2019 general elections and national security: The role of interfaith communities.’
The cleric said the security challenges across the country including kidnappings in the South-West, armed robbery and militancy in the South-East and South-South needed to be addressed urgently.
He, therefore, called on the government to redirect their efforts and channel the available resources to building stronger institutions that would be beneficial to all.
The IDFP Co-Chairman said the perceived lopsidedness in the leadership of the security forces should be addressed, pointing out that the security situation during the 2015 elections was not as bad as it was today.
He said, “In Borno and Yobe States, the Boko Haram insurgency has taken a dangerous dimension, leading to increasing number of dead armed forces and Mobile Police personnel as well as the destruction of their equipment.
“This sad situation could spread to states like Bauchi, Taraba, Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba leading to the displacement of thousands of people who will seek refuge in over-crowded Internally Displaced Persons Camps.”
The Bishop enjoined the faith community to pray for the success of the forthcoming elections and stability of the country while harping less on predictions of possible winner or loser of the presidential election.
“We have over time built more powerful individuals while our institutions remain weak. Those who have presented themselves for elective positions should be willing to accept the outcome of the election,” Onuoha stressed.