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June 10, 2024

Anglican bishop to FG: Hunger is greatest challenge of households in Nigeria

Anglican bishop to FG: Hunger is greatest challenge of households in Nigeria

By Chimaobi Nwaiwu

The Bishop Diocese on the Niger, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Owen Nwokolo, PhD, has raised the alarm that hunger and starvation are now the greatest challenges of every household in Nigeria.

He noted that the end result is a regrettably high rate of disease and death of many people.

Bishop Nwokolo, also said that the worsening and widening bad economic situation in Nigeria was aggravated by the Federal Government’s withdrawal of fuel and crude oil subsidy on assumption of office, which threw Nigerians into excruciating economic hardship.

Bishop Nwokolo disclosed this in his Bishop’s Charge, he delivered to the 3rd Session of the 32nd Synod of the Diocese on the Niger, with the theme, “Christian Stewardship” held at St Christopher’s Church, Odoakpu Onitsha, Anambra State.

He said there is the need by the Federal government to arrest hunger and starvation in the country before people start picking dead and fainted Nigerians on the streets because of hunger and diseases.

The Synod through Bishop Nwokolo, also expressed concern over ‘lingering and apparently unmanageable insecurity situation in the country “saying that if the situation is seen as intractable, Nigerians will have no option than to believe that government or some highly placed Nigerians are profiting from the situation.

“Most right thinking Nigerians are worried about the security situation in the country. It is very annoying, it is unfathomable, in fact, very hard to imagine why in a country like Nigeria which is said to be ordered by the rule of law, lawless armed individuals and groups remain on rampage, terrorizing innocent Nigerians in various parts of the country at the watch of the Federal security agencies.

“The incessant massacre of citizens in their own communities has unfortunately continued unabated without any positive action from the Federal Government other than voicing mere verbal condemnation. This artificially contrived insecurity now pervading vast areas of the nation’s food producing communities, causing food shortage, must at all cost, be sincerely fought by the Federal Government.

“This Synod is therefore, challenging the National Assembly and the President to save Nigeria the embarrassment of any further stories of insecurity, by purposely using the nation’s sophisticated military intelligence and modern weapons to end the trend.

“There is also the need to stemming the culture of public corruption. Without mincing words, this Synod utterly condemns the infamous culture of public corruption which is partially responsible for our present economic woes and, indeed why Nigerians are ridiculed abroad.

“The daily story of arrest by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, of public officers for embezzling billions of Naira without corresponding punishment on offenders, not only adversely affect the image of the country but also slow down our social and economic development drastically as well as diminish public confidence placed on public office holders.

“The negative impact of official corruption on the nation is enormous and very unacceptable. We therefore call on local, state, Federal governments and law enforcement agencies to intensify effort towards stemming the present tide of public corruption in the country.

“Following the raging food crisis in the country, this Synod, passionately calls on all adult Nigerians to commence without further delay, subsistence farming. This has become necessary in view of the harsh economic realities in the country, subsistence farming can be done both in the villages and towns.”

On the theme of the Synod, “Christian Stewardship” Bishop Nwokolo, said it revolves around the fact that God owns everything and that Christians are only stewards of Gods manifold resources in their custody, and such resources must be used for specific purpose for God’s glory.”

“The resources include, our lives, education, our time, salvation, the Gospel message, our churches, education, treasure, talents and gifting, our energy, minds, thoughts, words, property, the houses we live in, the cars we drive, our spouses, children, finances, positions, influence and businesses and everything that belongs to us.”