By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—An appeal has gone to the federal and state governments to quickly address the prevailing harsh economic environment and the serious crimes facing the citizenry.
The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Dr. Anthony J. V. Obinna, who made the appeal Sunday, while preaching at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church, Owerri, also opined that the economic climate is harsh for comfort.
“The economic climate is very harsh on Nigerians, but it should not lead us into committing all manner of crimes”, Archbishop Obinna said.
While urging Nigerians to avoid covetousness, the cleric also reasoned that the unbridled craze for quick money leads to all manner of damnable acts like armed robbery, kidnapping, cheating, prostitution and economic crimes against the nation.
“Kidnapping and ritual murder are still with us till today. It was the the same case of ritual murder that fuelled the Otokoto uprising in Owerri.”
He urged Christians to always remember that “enemies around us are religiously committed to derailing our quest for spirituality, love for our neighbours and economic viability of the country and it’s citizens.”
Archbishop Obinna used the opportunity to debunk the rumour in Imo State that he has teamed up with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Douglas Road refuse politics.
“I am not a card carrying member of any political party. God bless all those that helped in clearing the huge Douglas Road refuse,” Obinna said.