In a pivotal communique signed by influential figures of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), including Primate Henry Ndukuba, Dean Blessing Enyindah, and General Secretary Gershinen Paul Dajur, urgent calls have been made to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to swiftly address the escalating hunger and economic hardships faced by Nigerians.
Coming out of a leadership meeting in Delta State, the communique shed light on the critical state of national affairs. Primate Ndukuba emphasized the need for repentance and resistance to apostasy in the face of pervasive challenges. The document delved into various aspects, ranging from government plans and policy directions to the fight against corruption, judiciary concerns, the faltering economy, and the neglect of quality education.
The church leaders condemned ongoing attacks in several states, urging the government and security forces to fulfill their duty of protecting citizens and their property. Notably, the statement underscored the necessity for a civil and democratic constitution that genuinely represents the populace, ensuring that no group is marginalized or oppressed.
The communique issued a strong call for accountability, stating, “All corrupt public office holders and their collaborators should be brought to book and disciplined accordingly.” It also urged the judiciary to play a more active role in guaranteeing justice in the country.
Highlighting the dire economic situation, the statement emphasized that “The Nigeria economy has been a subject of great concern due to its diverse and biting challenges.” It pointed out that the economy is currently at its lowest point since independence, with macro-economic indicators moving in discouraging directions. The leaders criticized inconsistent monetary policies, non-supportive measures for economic growth, and ineffective policies that have led to uncontrollable cost-push inflation, resulting in high food prices and widespread hunger.
The church leaders called on the government to reconsider its inclination towards external borrowing, urging a focus on fiscal policies and the diversification of the economic base by harnessing the nation’s abundant natural resources. The communique serves as a powerful plea for decisive action and comprehensive solutions to address the multifaceted challenges facing the nation.