The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the 19 Northern States and the Federal Capital Territory has expressed deep concern over the current economic hardships and escalating security issues plaguing the nation.
In a statement released by Elder Sunday Oibe, the Secretary-General of CAN in the Northern region, it was asserted that the plight of ordinary Nigerians has reached an unbearable level.
The association highlights the urgent need for immediate action to alleviate the suffering and address the growing security challenges faced by the country.
“High cost of foodstuffs, transportation, goods and services have made life difficult for many Nigerians. The epileptic power supply has led to the collapse of many small businesses.
“The continued decline in the value of the naira and the seeming inability of the government to address the situation has completely weakened the purchasing power of ordinary Nigerians.”
“The situation is further compounded by escalating insecurity occasioned by rampant killings and kidnapping for ransom. Government must take urgent steps to address the depressing economic and escalating security situation in the country,” he said.
Northern CAN also bemoaned the rampaging activities of bandits in Plateau state and other parts of the country in recent times.
“We are saddened by the attacks by bandits in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau where many people were killed and several houses burnt barely a month after several communities in Barakin Ladi, Bokkos and the same Mangu, were raided by bandits resulting in the killings of over 300 people.”
While calling for the review of the security architecture for effective and decisive action, the Christian body urged governments at all levels to support the security agencies with all that is required to fight the criminals.
It also appealed to all Nigerians to cooperate with security personnel and pray for them as they confront these enemies of the nation.