Worship

May 5, 2024

Alleviate masses suffering, Primate tells FG

…….says Nigerians are groaning

By: OLAYINKA LATONA

THE Primate of The African Church, Archbishop Julius Olayinka Osayande Abbe has urged the federal government to take proactive step in tackling food, fuel and security challenges facing Nigerians.

Urging president Bola Ahmad Tinubu administration to treat the economic situation of the country as top priority because it keeps getting worse by the day, Primate Abbe noted that Nigerians are going through harrowing experiences ranging from high cost of goods and services that are supposed to make life easy for them.

Addressing journalists at the ongoing 5th Biennial & 118th Conference of The African Church held The African Church Cathedral Salem, Ebute-Metta, Lagos, the archbishop said that Nigerians are facing untold hardship and the sad situations are fast becoming unbearable for the citizens.

The cleric also called on the federal government and relevant stakeholders to urgently resolve the lingering fuel scarcity that is adversely impacting businesses across the country adding that the shortage has made it more expensive for people and businesses to transport goods and conduct businesses.

In his words: “The government should remember that they assures us when this administration came in that all will be well as soon as the subsidy is being remove but reverse is the case.

“President Bola Ahmad Tinubu administration should please assist the citizens because we depend so much on fuel in this country and they assured us that all will be well once the subsidy is being removed, it has been removed yet we are still groaning, we are still having problems.

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“If marketers are the problem, government should talk to them. Are they not Nigerians?, they only prefer to exploit the masses rather than making life easy for us. The problem we have with the issue of fuel in Nigeria as at today is from the marketers and we are living at their mercy and I think government can help us in this regard. President Tinubu should remember that Nigerians have corporated with this government enough and they should not make life too difficult for us to live. We are all trying and struggling to survive and we shall survive it by God’s grace.”

Also lending his voice, the Lay-President of The African Church, Engr Babatunde Adewale Odufuwa raised concern over the ‘Japa syndrom’ especially among Nigerian youths, said: “It is very sad seeing our youths fleeing out of the country. The government would spent billions training medical doctors,  lawyers, technocrats only for these young ones to disappear. It’s a big colossal lost to the nation, he said.”

Engineer Odufuwa also called on the nation’s security chiefs to tackle insecurity so that farmers who were displaced from their farms can resume.

Odufuwa said insecurity was affecting people’s standard of living because farmers have been displaced from their farms.

He said it was important that a conducive environment is provided for them to return to their farms: “Farmers cannot go to farm because of insecurity they are no longer safe in their various farms, the government really have a lot to do and as a church, we pray that the Lord will give them the wisdom to do the right thing.