Reverend William Okoye, ex-Chaplain of Aso Villa chapel has called for a drastic measure to be taken to revive the economy
– The general overseer has also made suggestions to President Buh
Unless drastic actions and measures are quickly put in place, more Nigerians will commit suicide because of poverty and hunger, Rev William Okoye, a top Nigerian cleric has warned.
The ex-Chaplain of Aso Villa chapel, during a chat with journalists in Abuja, affirmed that Nigeria in presently in a serious problem and fears that the issues at hand may escalate unless something is quickly done to salvage the situation in the country.
Reverend Okoye, who doubles as the general overseer of All Christians Fellowship Mission, Maitama, Abuja, said: “Yes, Nigeria is in a serious problem now; people are dying and killing themselves because when they come to the end of the road and they don’t have anybody to support or encourage them, they think that the best option is to give up by just killing themselves.
“It shouldn’t be happening in our society where we have responsible citizens; we should reduce that (suicide). We can’t be talking about government, government and government.
President Muhammadu Buhari has to do something about Nigeria’s economic situation.
“The government has its roles to play but we all as individuals should also have our roles to play and when each of us take responsibility to play our roles in our own little ways and corners, those things add up to bring the stability we believe God for.
“I read the newspapers everyday and I watch news everyday. And not only that, there are many that you cannot capture because of where they happen. There are a lot of that (suicide) happening and if nothing is done as a way of intervention, which is one of the reasons why we decided to do this, the rate will increase.
“Even if it is one person that will be saved as a result of this message, it’s worth it. But we are praying and doing whatever we can do to see that we get out of this as soon as possible.”
According to The Punch, the clergyman made a suggestion to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, saying: “I believe that Nigeria should be restructured, I believe that, and a lot of well-meaning and respected individuals in our nation, have said the same thing and any government that is responsible should listen to the people. The nation needs to be opened up so that people don’t suffocate.”
In a another development, Professor Anthony Anwukah, Nigeria’s minister of state for Education has said that Nigerians must try to acclimatize to the current unfavorable condition of Nigeria’s economy.
The erstwhile Vice Chancellor of Imo State University Owerri, blamed Nigerians for their “inability to swiftly adjust to the present economic recession” in the country due to their “over-bloated lifestyle.”
He also expressed regrets that most of the products that are consumed in the country are imported.
Anwukah, who spoke during the Special Senate Session organised by IMSU in honour of four senators of the university was, however, optimistic that the nation would come out of the economic hardship stronger.