Rivers crisis invitation to terrorism, says Okogie


•Urges Nigerians to condemn impunity
Archbishop Emeritus of Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, has expressed displeasure over the recent brawl in the Rivers State House of Assembly.
Okogie, in a statement in Lagos on Sunday, said the act of turning the hallowed chamber into a battlefield by the lawmakers was unexpected of their personalities.
The statement said the crisis was shameful and should be condemned by every right thinking Nigerian.
“I condemn the crisis in the Rivers State House of Assembly. More importantly, it is very disappointing to see our so-called honourables exchanging blows like gangsters.
“Such an act, if not checkmated, is an invitation to terrorism and gangsterism
“I call on every right thinking Nigerian to rise and speak against such unruly conduct by men who are supposed to be making laws of our land.
“It is unfortunate that the lawmakers who are expected to be men and women of integrity have allowed themselves to be used as pawns. They are supposed to be masses-oriented,” the cleric added.
While commending the House of Representatives for declaring legislative emergency in the state, Okogie believes that such a step was necessary to safeguard the integrity of governance in the country.

He also said those found culpable in the fracas should be made to face the wrath of the law.


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