Nigeria Divided More Than Ever – Methodist Prelate
The state of the Nigerian nation is very bad and the country has not come out of it well at all, said the Prelate of the Methodist Church in Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr. Kanu Uche.
The cleric was speaking during the farewell Episcopal tour to the Archdiocese of Umuahia, Abia State.
Speaking on the role of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retired), Uche said, “It may not be his fault as a person, but he may have bad advisers.
“He has about nearly 9 months to fix the evils, and can fix the security, the economy, generate jobs and ensure that there is no division in the field of religion, or in the area of tribalism and ethnicity.
“If he unites Nigeria, he will be the best leader ever. But Nigeria is most divided like never before.”
The prelate who addressed himself exclusively to The punch in Umuahia lamented that some denominational universities were out of reach of the congregants who funded the universities, stating, “Well, the Methodist Church has a university.
“In our own university, we are the first faith-based university to charge only N.250,000 per section and on that we still have more than 1/5 of our students who are from indigent families that we have placed in stock Exchange. What parents do is buy them books and other things.
“These people are exempt from tuition fees. That’s why it seems that we have a hard time running the university because we don’t exploit people, but see it as a social service.
“In this way, the Methodist Church has molded characters like Nnamdi Azikiwe from Africa, Michael Okpara, Obafemi Awolowo who attended our school, and even Osinbajo who attended our joint school with the Anglican Church, that is- i.e. Igbobi College, Lagos.
“Many of our products are all over Nigeria. They can testify to the fact that we gave them the best of education and care and that we were not exploiters and did not run education for ends. lucrative, but we considered it a social service.
“That’s why we turned to the hospital/health sector and other social services that deal with motherless babies and the mentally ill.
“The Methodist Church is the only church in Nigeria that has a center for the mentally ill in Itumbauzo (in Bende LGA of Abia State) where we select them from the streets, rehabilitate them, give them a trade and reintegrate into society.
“Again, Methodist Church of old, you remember Uzuakoli for leprosy, we healed people with leprosy all over Nigeria, and we were known to have motherless babies at home.
“So that was the legacy that the missionaries left us and we kept it. We did not give in”.
Kanu, soon to be retired, thanked God for making him who he is today, saying, “Being a prelate is a glorious thing, but it has its good side, bad side and the ugly side because you are in charge of human beings. . But the point is that ultimately we leave the church peaceful and united.