In a heartfelt response to the economic challenges triggered by President Bola Tinubu’s removal of fuel subsidies on May 29, 2023, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the 19 Northern states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has raised their voices in lamentation.
Speaking out on the hardships faced by Nigerians, the organization has called for immediate action to alleviate the suffering of the masses.
Chaplain Gilbert Jechonia, the Public Relations Officer of Northern CAN, expressed deep concern, stating, “Life in the country today is becoming a living hell as prices of food, transportation, and other essential commodities have gone up beyond the reach of the poor masses.”
The CAN, specifically in the Northern region, has called upon President Bola Tinubu and the governors of the 36 states to address the pressing economic and social issues plaguing the nation.
In response to President Tinubu’s announcement of ending subsidy payments in his inaugural address, CAN emphasizes that this decision has left Nigerians grappling with poverty and hunger, pushing the entire country into a dire situation.
The organization has issued an 11-point communique at the end of their three-day quarterly meeting, chaired by Rev. Yakubu Pam, urging an all-inclusive government, fair distribution of development projects across the nation, and swift action to combat the escalating food crisis.
CAN acknowledges the steps taken by the government to provide palliatives, yet firmly asserts that this alone is not a lasting solution to the hardships faced by the masses.
The Naira’s free fall against the Dollar and other foreign currencies poses a significant threat to the nation’s economy, demanding immediate attention.
Furthermore, the association highlights the devastating consequences of mass poverty, with businesses collapsing and unemployment driving many young people toward criminal activities.
CAN’s message is clear: President Tinubu and the governors must rise to meet the expectations of Nigerians by addressing the pressing economic and social issues confronting the nation.
Addressing external concerns, CAN cautioned against the use of force in resolving the political impasse in the Republic of Benin, following a coup d’état, and urged diplomatic solutions.
They commended security agencies for their efforts in combating insurgency and banditry but emphasized the ongoing threat posed by bandits in the North, demanding continued support for security forces.
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