By SAM EYOBOKA & Olayinka Latona
UMBRELLA body of Christians in Nigeria, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN and the God’s Kingdom Society, GKS have urged the incoming administration of President Goodluck Jonathan to appoint God-ly persons who would assist him in the onerous task of rebuilding the nation’s comatose economy.
Speaking at different fora, the National President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and the chair-man, Interim Executive Board of GKS, Salem City, Warri, Brother Samuel Nwaeke argued that if President Jonathan act-ually desires to imple-ment all the electioneer-ing campaign promises he made to the nation, he must begin by appointing credible individuals who will be able to key in to his noble objectives for Nigeria in the next four years.
They were also unanim-ous in their belief that the president should under-mine pressures from pol-iticians and party loyalists to appoint their cronies, who will end up doing the bidding of their spon-sors to the chagrin of the vast majority of the na-tion’s suffering masses who are full of expecta-tions from the incoming administration.
Addressing newsmen at the Lagos Sheraton, the CAN president, Pastor Oritsejafor said the priority of government should be security, power, infrastructure, healthcare and education stating; “we will therefore implore the Federal Government, not to just establish Federal Universities in all the geo-political zones of the country, but it should move a step further to declare a state of emerg-ency in that sector. Gov-ernment must be able to adequately fund every aspect of education in accordance with the re-commendations of the United Nations.”
Continuing, he said: “It is a known fact that all is not well yet with the se-curity situation in the country, especially as that sector poses a great threat to the unity and development of Nigeria.”
According to him, one of the major security challenges Nigeria faces to-day, is the high rate of graduate unemployment, stating that the new government must do everything possible to create more jobs for the teeming masses of grad-uates, “as a way of eradi-cating criminal tendenc-ies in the country’s youths.”
The CAN president also urged the Jonathan admi-nistration to strive to take a decisive step to address the power sector which has since, “after the elect-ions, gone from bad to worse with every Niger-ian virtually living in darkness.”
Acknowledging that the Government had made some promises concern-ing that sector, Oritsejafor said the nation is awaiting the implementation of such promises, pointing out that the dream of pilot-ing the nation to become one of the economic giants in the world by the 2020 depends on the ability of the present Government to overcome the saboteurs in the power sector and give the nation stable power supply.”
On his part, the GKS current leadership out-lined four cardinal points the new administration must follow to lead the country to its desired pro-mised land. They inclu-de: Fighting for the inter-est of the poor, leading by example, transparency, fighting against corrupt-ion and the institutionali-zation of the culture of free and fair elections in the country.
In a statement by the church’s publicity secret-ary, Brother Benedict Hart, the GKS said the cornerstone of the presid-ent’s economic and social policy should be the alleviation of poverty in Nigeria, adding that the government could reduce the gap through progra-mmes that are informed by social justice.
“Poverty debilitates peo-ple, circumscribes their capacity to lead full and decent lives, and genera-tes hate. Poverty leads to poor health, family break-down, and low life expect-ancy. It limits the peo-ple’s ability to climb up the social ladder and increases the vulnerabilty of some of them to co-mmiting crime,” he added.