By Nsan Ndoma-Neji, Calabar
General Overseer of City of Evidence Ministry, a.k.a Our Church, Evangelist Dr. Bam Uket, has charged the Federal and state governments to invest more in the area of intelligence gathering to enable the government win the war against banditry and insurgency in the country.
Uket gave the advice while fielding questions from CompassNG correspondent on how to overcome banditry and insecurity of any form in Calabar yesterday.
The cleric advocated for the formation of regional security outfit in the South-South zone, just as the Fulanis formed Meyitti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in the North, and the people of South-West came up with Amotekun, while Ebube Agu and Eastern Security Network ESN holds sway in the South-East, stressing that formation of regional security outfit in the South-South geo-political zone would help to curb insecurity situation in zone.
He said, “Even though, one’s security first depend on God, I support formation of regional security outfit in the South-South. The day they invade your house, government might not be there to protect you.
“The government has got it all wrong for its failure to invest in the area of intelligence gathering. Government should invest more on Intelligence gathering, if it’s serious with the business of defeating bandits and terrorists.
“Regions should develop their own security outfit. Communities, churches should develop their own security.
“Its too late to ask the people not to develop their outfit.
“Agreed that these people might not have requisite capacity to handle weapons which are to be used in securing their regions, the question now is that what of cultists illegally-owned arms used in terrorising innocent citizens; what has the government done to ensure that these category of persons doesn’t gain access to arms and ammunitions?”
Charging the nation’s leaders to return to their conscience, oblige the citizens with the truth to enable the citizens know join hands with the leaders in finding a solution to the nation’s problems, Uket advocated for attitudinal change among those charged with management/control of machinery of government,
insisting that secession isn’t a solution to the nation’s problem, stressing that until existing pattern/attitude is changed, nothing would work well for the country.
He added. “All we need to look for is the solution and not secession. There is not going to be any war.
“Don’t panick, this country is too big and civilized for any one to think that if he infiltrate a particular region, he can cause every one to succumb to his selfish interest.
“God has never slept and forgot his people. Boko Haram and bandits can never make us to begin to live in fear. They can’t harm us. God has slept and forgot his people.
“Until Shadrach Meshach and Abednego entered the fire, before God showed up. Let me tell you that Daniel entered the lions’ den before God showed up.
“We have lost the truth, and self defense; let us not go after wealth but legacy.”
He further called on Nigerians to deal with the source instead of the dancers.