Worried about the poor state of affairs in the country, Scripture Union Nigeria, an international, National, Interdenominational and non-denominational faith based Christian Organization has called on the federal government to engage in serious policy rejig and strategic implementation of programs and value reorientation that will set the nation on the path of glory and honor.
They also identified Injustice, Inequality, nepotism, ethnicism, kidnapping, corruption, poor funding and misappropriation as major challenges facing the Nigeria state
The union raised this concerns on the state of the nation in a communiqué signed by the trio Scripture Union Nigeria, National Chairman, Prof. Madu .O. Iwe, and the General Director ,Mr. Odelana, Phillips Adewale during her 104th residential National Council meeting held recently at the Training and Conference Centre (TCC) Ibadan, Oyo State, stressing that Nigerians should be reminded that they have no other country but Nigeria and all and sundry should work towards her existence irrespective of religious, ethnic, linguistics and tribal differences.
According to the statement the unemployment rate, in the land, is getting alarming among our teeming youth population and this situation has provided a platform for all kinds of crime among our youths. The union therefore calls on FG to provide professionally avenues where our teeming youth population should be employed. Specifically in agro based industries; small scale technically skilled centres should be established in various communities.
Also, the Union notices with dismay, skewed appointments in many sensitive positions in favour of some ethnic groups in Nigeria at the detriment of the others. This situation creates bad blood among the Nigerian citizens and generates avoidable tension and crisis in the polity.
‘’Despite appeals and agitations from the citizenry, merciless killings of innocent Nigerians have continued unabated with the consequential effect of sacking agrarian communities hence, which results in deepening hunger owing to lack of cultivation of agricultural food materials.’’
The union urged the present administration to primarily see every citizen of Nigeria as a Nigerian who must be treated with justice, fairness and equity.
On the Education system, the union said it is still suffering decay with incidences of strike actions, poor educational facilities and production of unskilled graduates in Nigeria, due to repeated inadequate fund allocation from annual budgets. Thus, Education should be given a pride of place through provision of adequate funding through annual budgets and by ensuring right and qualitative teaching and learning facilities to enable educational institutions produce functional graduates to compete among their counterparts in developed countries. As no nation can rise above the quality of her education
The Union observes with dismay, the level of degeneration of democratic processes in Nigeria with the recently concluded elections accompanied by agitations from many citizens who were disenfranchised. Noting that it is clear that if this is not urgently checkmated, the Nation could degenerate to a racist state.
However, the union commended Nigerians for the atmosphere of commitment to democracy which prevailed during the last elections calling on government to ensure grey areas are properly addressed. The three arms of government must remain independent, void of interference by the Executive. Specifically, our judicial arm must be secrosant as it remains the hope of the common man
While commending the present administration for her fight against corruption, the Union notes that for the fight to be effective, it has to be comprehensive, devoid of partial treatment of some people due to their religious, political or ethnic affiliations.
On Power sector, the union said that distribution is still very low and noted that government should look intently on why despite privatization effort, availability of power has not significantly improved.
The union therefore calls on all Christians to go back to the Bible as the basis for their faith and shun all forms of pseudo Christian teachings, which do not assure one of eternal life in Christ. Also Christians must intensify fervent prayer for our nation, as that is the only way the situation of our country could be improved..
It could be recalled that Nigeria is positioned to be the fastest growing economy on the African continent and one of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world. Ironically, the country harbours some of the poorest people in the world, It was first revealed in June 2018 that Nigeria had overtaken India as the nation with the highest number of people living in extreme poverty across the world, with an estimated 86.9 million people measured to be living on less than $1.25 (N381.25) a day
Given the country’s enormous resources, it is puzzling that such a huge portion of the populace lives in poverty. This vast incidence of poverty in the midst of plenty has severally been linked to the endemic corruption in the country, as it involves the massive stealing of resources that would have otherwise been invested in providing wealth-creating infrastructure for the citizens.
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