Bishop Emmah Isong, Chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Cross River State Chapter, on Wednesday said it was not wrong for officials of the Nigerian army to have searched the official car of the speaker of the House of Representative, Aminu Tambuwal.
The clergyman, who spoke to DailyIndependent in Calabar, noted that such search should be extended to other public office holders in order to stop impunity, especially as it concerns the security of the country.
Isong, who is the General Overseer of the Christian Central Chapel International (CCCI) Calabar, said: “We cannot go far with security if the culture of impunity is not expunged from our lifestyle. A commissioner of police should be checked at a checkpoint likewise a colonel or whoever that is in authority. Without doing this how do you know he is not carrying something? We know there is self-recognition but that requires high level of psychology, you must be very sure” Isong said.
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The clergyman added that: “We all travel abroad, but you are not allowed to pass just anyhow at Heathrow, JFK, but let a Whiteman land here, they just allow him to go through without security check, how do you know he is not aiding and abating terrorist? I apologize to them for what happened but can we use this to also block Mr. President once in a while and say “sorry sir, we want to check your personal aide”, governors and other high ranking national officers”.
Speaking on the onslaught of the Boko Haram sect, Isong expressed optimism that soonest the people sponsoring the Islamist would be revealed.
“By the actions of some individuals and their utterances, it will not be too long before ordinary Nigerians will know who Boko Haram members are. We would not need to investigate anymore” he said.
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It would be recalled that the speaker of the House of Representative, Aminu Tambuwal, who was slated to give a key note speech at an international conference on security and development held in Kaduna State last week was detained few minutes by soldiers who insisted on searching his official car before granting him entrance to the venue. The soldiers action, however, generated some criticisms from concerned Nigerians who later applauded the National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki for his warmth apology.