The Archbishop of the Metropolitan See, His Eminence, Archbishop Alfred Adewale-Martins, has called on the government of the day to find ways of engaging non-state actors in the South Eastern part of the country, to find a solution to their grievances.
By doing so, he said, the security of the nation can be guaranteed. “For non-state actors that are part of the problem, especially in the Eastern part of the nation, the government needs to find means of engaging them in such a way that whatever their grievances may be, a solution can be found to them, that way the security of the nation can be guaranteed.”
Martins made the disclosure at the priestly ordination service, which was also part of the weeklong activities marking Archbishop Martins 25th Episcopal and 40th priestly ordination anniversaries celebration.
He promptly advised the security architecture in the country to rejig their approaches and strategies.
“As we keep on asking, those who have the responsibility of securing our nation need to rejig their approaches.
“We have new people who have been appointed, we expect new ways of dealing with the situation; using not just the regular ways of fighting crimes, but also using the modern means of fighting crimes and criminality. So we hope that new techniques and approaches will come up.”
On the unrestrained activities of cultism among the youth, he noted that cultism is an expression of the fact that people are simply not ready to follow the narrow straight path to that which is right and good.
“We can only encourage people to know that hard work, integrity, honesty and going through the normal means for growth is best for them. In other words, values need to be reviewed in order that we can overcome this practice.”
And to the 11 priests that were ordained, he advised that they should recognize that Christ is the only anchor they can hold unto, not only in talking and listening to him but also for guidance.