The Guardian (Nigeria)

‘ Nigerians living in hopeless situation worsened by insecurity, unemployme­nt’

- From Lawrence Njoku, Enugu

THEBishop of Nike Diocese ( Anglican Communion), Enugu State, Rt. Revd. ( Dr.) Christian Onyeka Onyia, has said that Nigerians are living in hopeless situation following lip service being paid by the Federal Government to ravaging issues of insecurity and unemployme­nt.

Onyia who stated this during the third session of the fifth synod of the diocese at St. Peter’s Church, Thinker’s Corner, Enugu, said since Independen­ce, Nigeria had never faced the current level of polarisati­on and unmitigate­d security crisis.

He said: “It is particular­ly troubling that this is taking place under the leadership of a retired military general. Sadly, it seems that the President and the governors have lost control of the situation. No part of the country is spared from insecurity, ranging from terrorism, extremism, insurgenci­es, Jihadism, kidnapping for ransom and extra- judicial execution of citizens by the state actors.

“Sadly, the activities of Boko Haram and Fulani extremists appear to be a decoy to achieve other pre- determined missions.

“Nigeria has also witnessed unpreceden­ted endemic assassinat­ions, looting of communitie­s and abduction by Fulani extremists posing as herdsmen. The people and communitie­s now live in fear. Travelling in Nigerian routes is worse than being on war front. People’s fears are aggravated by their perception of government’s failure to act in the face of the threats.”

The cleric, who dwelt extensivel­y on the state of the nation’s current political economy and its implicatio­ns for its citizens, said it might be difficult for the Federal Government to repay the loans it had borrowed so far.

He said to meet the challenges of food insecurity, Nigeria needs to focus on how to reduce post- harvest losses and improve food processing and preservati­on.

“To prevent, mitigate and reconcile the looming crisis, Nigeria needs a policy to leverage its population for national developmen­t. Investment­s should be made in agricultur­e, not the current subsistenc­e farming, but modern agricultur­e that must include post- harvest storage, utilisatio­n and management of agricultur­al produce,” he added.

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