Anglican Primate backs capital punishment

Primate of the Church of Nigeria
(Anglican Communion), Most Rev.
Nicholas Okoh, has kicked against the
stance by Amnesty International over the
recent execution of some condemned
criminals by Edo State government.
The Archbishop, who spoke on Tuesday at
a press conference, said though the
church was yet to take a stand on the
issue, the law of capital punishment
should be meted on those who deserve it.
“For me, anybody who has degenerated to
that level of depravity deserves capital
punishment”, he insisted
Attributing the increase in crimes in the
society to the inability of the government
to enforce laws on criminals, the cleric
urged government not to allow any nation
to impose their morals on them.
“We have so many laws which are not
enforced. Punishment must be effected
which is the whole essence of government
and the bible supports it”, he stressed.
On the issue of state of emergency, Okoh
said the decision, though delayed, had
yielded much result as the incessant
killings have reduced drastically.
“I think the government has made
remarkable progress with the declaration
of emergency.
“It is no longer Boko Haram chasing
government but the government chasing
them”, he opined.
He however called for more patience on
the part of the people, as well as more
commitment from the security operatives,
maintaining that the audacity of the group
has been drastically reduced.
Okoh urged religious leaders to be the
vanguard of peace and to speak with one
voice by preaching, teaching and living
peace themselves, just as he called on
political leaders to stop playing politics
with the current security challenges.
While lamenting the increase in rape,
which he said has become source of worry
to the church, Okoh called for continuous
preaching against deviant behaviours and
unwholesome doctrines by religious
He further appealed to young girls to
corperate with the fight through decent
dressing and to resist the tendency of
exposing their bodies and glorifying

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