Cleric blames Nigeria’s woes on poor management of resources
• Anambra has changed remarkably, says Obiano
The catholic bishop of Awka, in Anambra State, His lordship, Most Rev. Paulinius Ezeokafor, has blamed Nigeria’s economic misfortunes on what bad management of the nations’ resources.
This came as Governor Willie Obiano said yesterday that that the state has experienced remarkable change in the past 18 months and thanked the people for their unflinching support all through the year. Obiano made the observation when he led members of his cabinet and stakeholders in the state in a special thanksgiving service held at the Gech Auditorium in his country home in Aguleri, to mark the year end.
Addressing newsmen in Awka, yesterday, during the end of year interactive session, the cleric said the economic crisis bedeviling Nigeria could have been avoided if leaders had identified and addressed peoples’ priorities, rather than embarking on frivolous expenditures.
He said: “If our leaders had used money well, diversified the economy, the country would not have been in crisis and people would not be suffering today”.
He expressed concern over the economic, political and religious crisis recorded across the country, saying that “these are signs that things are not well with the people.”
He however pointed out that there was no society in the world that is crisis-free, and that Nigeria’s situation could not be different, even as he urged people to be patient with the government.
Speaking on the agitation for Biafra by some groups of people in the South-East and South-South zones, the cleric cautioned Federal Government to listen to the heartbeat of people.
According to him, the best way is for government to listen to the agitators, know why they were protesting and work out lasting solution, adding that it is part of the nations’ differences.
“Dialogue remains the best option to settle crisis. Nobody will be destroyed in Nigeria.
“The Igbo have fought a war,…wherever the Igbo find themselves, people feel challenged. The way God created the Igboman will encourage him to survive anywhere,” he noted.
He urged Nigerians to come back to God and have the hope that things would turn out for the better next year.
He reminded our leaders that there is democracy today, which encourages freedom of speech, movement, association among others, but warned that “our freedom is limited.”
Meanwhile Governor Obiano yesterday reflected on the past 19 months of his administration, and observed that Anambra has come a long way, and assured to offer his best to the transformation and progress of the state.
He noted that government had embarked on infrastructural development, especially on roads, rehabilitation of schools and equipping libraries, upgrading hospitals among others. He added that he equally improved lives by empowering women, widows and youths.
He urged Ndi Anambra to maintain the same attitude of prayer, thanksgiving and support to his government because he was determined to build a prosperous and modern state, which the citizens would be proud to be identified with.