Nigeria is currently bedevilled
by many enemies who wants to
see her disintegrate, says Arch-
bishop Alfred Adewale Martins of the
Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos.
Speaking recently on the state of the
nation, the prelate said it was unfortu-
nate that though the country was being
surrounded by deadly enemies who are
working towards her disintegration little
was being done by those in authority to
address the root causes.
He specifically identified the Boko
Haram sect members as one of those
that maim and destroy the livelihood of
innocent Nigerians while also threaten-
ing the future and security of the nation.
Also on his list of Nigeria’s enemies, ac-
cording to him, are killer herdsmen and
kidnappers who go about terrorizing
innocent Nigerians and forcing them to
pay ransom in exchange for their lives.
In addition, he identified as enemies
those in authority who formulate nega-
tive policies designed to drag the coun-
“The enemies of Nigeria are those
who pose as herdsmen but are in fact
agents of darkness who kill and destroy
people’s farms, rape their women and
attempt to take over their land. The en-
emies of Nigeria are those who make
policies and take decisions that give a
lot of anxiety and concern to the people
He threw his weight solidly behind the
setting up of any positive initiative that
would assist the police in safeguarding
the lives and properties of Nigerians.
Here him, “If we have insecurity and
the structure of security on ground has
proved unable to secure the people, is
it not a matter of common sense that
everyone will rally round any positive
security initiative and make it work?
The Governors of South West came to-
gether and created an outfit, Amotekun,
to help safeguard their people and yet
some people are kicking against it. These
leaves people with the impression that
they are happy with the insecurity in the
land. It also leaves the impression that
they are behind the insecurity.”
While condemning the renewed at-
tacks and killings of Christians in some
parts of the, Archbishop Martins said
such actions tend to create anxiety
amongst Christians and also fuel the
rumour that there was truly an islamisa-
tion agenda being played out.