We Must Change Nigerian Constitution And The Name Nigeria Now ,Says Bishop Umunna

Would this be a good time to even consider a name-change? With the myriads of challenges the nation is presently dealing with, name-change isn’t the solution and can’t be on the front burner.

Bishop UmunnaBishop Leonard Umunna, the Presiding Bishop of Bible Life Church Cathedral Worldwide and father of church drama in Nigeria, is one notable Ajegunle clergy that has added his religious voice to political, social and economic solutions to Nigeria’s leadership problems for the past 52 years without any fear of political intimidation and ready to speak the truth to the public.

He recently called on a press conference to address some salient issues affecting present President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership and the way out.

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What is your own view on the recent political developments in Nigeria?

Well, there has been one political agitation or the other in Nigeria since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power. From Biafra to Kogi elections to Obasanjo to Boko Haram and to other aggravated political activities. Some parts of Nigeria felt they are being politically marginalized when it comes to recent ministerial portfolios by President Buhari.PDP came to power with great achievements but never ended well while APC came to power with many promises to Nigerians but unable to take a stand to ameliorate the sufferings now. If Nigeria must move forward, there is need to change the Nigerian constitution and the name Nigeria. The issue of age limit, educational background and tribe must be reviewed. As far you are a Nigerian you can become a President not until you come from a certain tribe in this country. You can see that Boko Haram has been hijacked by certain world-class terrorists. We have taken many political solutions for granted in our leadership system. The name Nigeria was given by a foreign woman (Mrs Flora Lugard) and nobody is ready to look at the name for change. Sectional leadership has eaten deep into Nigeria’s leadership system over the years.

What is your reaction on the renew agitation for Biafra nation?

There is no part of Nigeria that is not marginalized. People are pushed to the world to fight for their political rights. The recent ministerial appointments of President Buhari which certain tribes represent the majority also causing this tribal hullabaloo in the Eastern part of Nigeria. You don’t take private decision for public decision. I have been a Bishop of Bible Life Church Cathedral for over 30 years and I have been able to carry everybody along and never saw defeat in my life. Leadership must embrace everybody. I don’t support violence but we must abide with federal character principle in the leadership system than shifting the goal post on merit only.

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