Reporter : CHRISTIAN NWANGENE
The Leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Enugu State Chapter, has called on the Federal Government to give adequate care to those in different Internally Displaced Persons’ IDP camps across the country.
The Chairman of the Association in Enugu State, the Reverend Emmanuel Ositadinma Edeh, made the call in his Independence message to the nation.
The Reverend Edeh, prayed God to comfort those who lost their loved ones in one form of violence or another, including the families of the fallen security agents and those who are in the battle ground fighting to keep the country united and protecting her territorial integration.
The CAN Chairman also urged the Federal Government to strengthen Nigeria’s security architecture and intensify efforts against terrorism in the country, calling on the Federal Government to increase efforts against the insurgent groups, especially Boko Haram and bandits tormenting the citizens.
”I therefore call on the government at all levels, especially the Federal Government to overhaul our security system so as to guarantee the protection of lives and property of all citizens,” the CAN Chairman appealed.
The Reverend Edeh also called on the government to double efforts in the provision of quality education for Nigerians, who desire to be educated by giving enough budgetry allocation to the sector.
”Again, I urge those in authority to create jobs for the citizens, knowing that it will certainly reduce youth restiveness, and make them self reliant.
“There should also be an enabling environment for small and medium entreprise to thrive,” the Rev. Ede advised.
The CAN Chairman reminded those in affairs of the country that God is still sovereign and rules over the affairs of the federation.
”Seeing that their positions of authority were given to them by God, I also encourage them to be guided by the Biblical injunction in 1 Corinthians 4:2, which says thus, ‘Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.’
“May I state clearly that if all in different positions of authority in this country could see themselves from this Divine point of view, there will be respect for the rule of law, right to freedom, which is a fundamental human right, good governance and so on,” the CAN Chairman noted.
The Reverend Edeh called on Nigerians to continue to pray for peace and security of the nation and for God to intervene in the affairs of the country. He said the sixtieth Independence anniversary of the country called for sober reflection and offered opportunity for the country to reevaluate the contributions of successive governments in lifting Nigerians out of poverty, hunger, division and underdevelopment.
The CAN State Chairman called for more commitment from the nation’s political leaders to place the country where it supposed to be in the league of advanced nation.