The Christian Association of Nigeria, on Sunday, congratulated the country on the occasion of her 63rd Independence Day anniversary with a call on the Federal Government to stabilise the economy.
According to the association, the recent fall of the Naira against major world currencies, particularly the dollar, has seriously affected Nigerians.
CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, stated these in his Independence Day message.
The FG, he said, should also do more to combat terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.
He said, “This significant milestone reminds us of the progress we have made as a nation and the challenges that lie ahead. As we reflect on our journey, we urge the government to prioritise addressing the pressing economic challenges and the escalating state of insecurity in our beloved country.
“CAN acknowledges the need for urgent measures to stabilise the Nigerian economy. The recent fall of the Naira against major world currencies, particularly the dollar, has had a profound impact on the lives of ordinary Nigerians.
“We call on the government to implement sustainable economic policies that will bolster our local currency, stimulate investments and revitalise key sectors.”
The statement read further, “By fostering an enabling environment for entrepreneurship and providing necessary support to small and medium-sized enterprises, we can create jobs and alleviate poverty, ultimately improving the quality of life for all citizens.
“Moreover, the escalating state of insecurity, especially in the South East region, demands immediate attention. We express deep concern over the spate of violence and bloodshed that has plagued communities, leading to loss of lives and displacement of innocent citizens.”
The Christian association implored the “government to intensify efforts in combating terrorism, banditry, and all forms of criminal activities”
It added that adequate resources should be allocated to security agencies and called for collaboration with local communities.
It noted that in fighting terrorism, intelligence gathering must be strengthened.
“Restoring peace and security is vital not only for the affected regions but for the entire nation, as it will enable people to return to their farms, fostering food security and sustainable development.
“Furthermore, we emphasise the need for unity and national cohesion. Nigeria’s strength lies in its diversity, and we must harness this diversity for the common good of all citizens. Together, we can build bridges of understanding and foster an environment where all citizens feel valued and protected.”
CAN encourages the government to prioritise quality education and healthcare which are “fundamental rights that must be guaranteed to every Nigerian. By investing in these critical sectors, we empower our youth with knowledge and skills and ensure the well-being of our citizens, particularly the vulnerable.”
Okoh said CAN was aware of the ongoing negotiations between the FG and labour unions regarding the removal of fuel subsidies.
He advised both parties to find a balanced solution that minimises the impact on vulnerable Nigerians.
Okoh said, “The removal of subsidies is a significant economic adjustment with far-reaching consequences. We understand the government’s reasons but acknowledge the resulting distress and hardship.”
“In conclusion, as we celebrate Nigeria’s 63rd Independence anniversary, let us not forget the challenges that confront us.
“CAN remains committed to promoting initiatives towards a prosperous and peaceful Nigeria. By doing so, we can achieve sustainable development, foster peace, and create a nation where every Nigerian can thrive,” he said.