Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to swiftly address the growing hunger and economic hardship facing Nigerians.
In a communique signed by key church figures, including Primate Ndukuba, the Dean, Most Rev Blessing Enyindah and General Secretary, Ven. Gershinen Paul Dajur, the primate emphasized the critical state of national affairs and called for repentance and resistance to apostasy.
The communique, issued after the church’s leadership meeting in Delta State, spotlighted the government’s plans and policy directions, the fight against corruption, judiciary concerns, the faltering economy, and the neglect of quality education.
It also condemned ongoing attacks across several states, urging the government and security forces to uphold their duty to protect citizens and their property.
The statement restated the need for a civil and democratic constitution that truly represents the populace, and ensures no group was sidelined or oppressed.
It read in part, “The standing committee meeting of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), therefore, calls on the President and government to rise to the occasion of the challenging issues facing the nation.
“All corrupt public office holders and their collaborators should be brought to book and disciplined accordingly. We call on the judiciary to do more to guarantee justice in the country.
“The Nigeria economy has been a subject of great concern due to its diverse and biting challenges.
“It is currently at its lowest ebb since independence with macro-economic indicators moving in discouraging directions. Monetary policies have been inconsistent, non-supportive of economic growth, ineffective and cost-push inflation has been out of control resulting in high food prices. Nigerians are hungry.”
It called on the government to rethink its penchant for external borrowing, give proper attention to fiscal policies, and diversify its economic base “by harnessing our abundant natural resources.”