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Nigeria gradually becoming failed state – Bishop Ikeakor

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Bishop Ikeakor

By Chike Ifedi

THE bad situation in Nigeria has degenerated to the situation that people can only say that there was a nation called Nigeria.

  The Bishop, Diocese of Amichi, Anglican Communion, the Rt. Rev. Ephraim Ikeakor, who made this submission while delivering his Presidential address to the 2nd session of the Synod of Diocese of Amichi, at St. Peter Anglican Church, Umudim Amichi in Nnewi South Local Government Area, said that Nigeria is seen to becoming dubious and a failed state because it has lost the monopoly on the legitimate use of physical force within its borders which have been broken through the dominant presence of warlords, paramilitary group, corrupt policing, armed groups and terrorist activities.

  “A nation where bandits, terrorists, kidnappers and criminals take their nefarious activities to state and public infrastructures and facilities like the airports, railways, military base, police stations, major highways without restrain from the nation’s security agencies is worrisome, green light of a failed state.

  “Nigeria has manifested all features of a failed state which according to Fragile State Index (FSI) in its eleventh annual report of 2015, prepared by the fund for peace published by Foreign Policy Magazine listed 12 indications of a failed state under three broad headlines as social indicators, demographic pressure refugees, or internal displaced persons, group grievances/agitation, human right and brain drain”.

  “Also when I want to discuss our nation, Nigeria, though unwillingly, most of the time, the first thing that flashes my mind are three books written by Prof. Chinua Achebe which include Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God and There was a Country”.

  According to him, before now, people were complaining that things had fallen apart but now, every right thinking person living in Nigeria knows that there was a country called Nigeria.

  Quoting the political theories of Max Weber, a state is defined as maintaining a monopoly on the legitimate use of physical force within its boarders. But when this is broken through the dominated presence of warlord, paramilitary agencies, corrupt  policing, armed group, terrorist activities etc the very existence of the state becomes dubious and even a failed state.

  He called on patriotic citizens to come for rescue, stressing that Nigerians have no other place to hide.

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