The Archbishop of the Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, has called on politicians from different spectrums to join with President Muhammadu Buhari in tackling the current challenges facing Nigeria which according to him requires a bipartisan solution.
Archbishop Chukwuma stated this while speaking with journalists at the opening of the Second Session of the Sixteenth Synod of the Diocese of Enugu holding at the Church of the Resurrection Power, New Haven, Enugu.
He appealed to all political parties in Nigeria to support President Buhari and cooperate with him to work for the good of Nigeria.
“I appeal to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, not to withdraw their support from President Buhari. They should continue to support him, but let the president know that Nigeria belongs to all of us. All of us should work together for the good of Nigeria,” Archbishop Chukwuma, stressed.
On the renewed violence in the Niger Delta, Chukwuma advised militant groups in the area to stop destroying oil installations, saying their activities are affecting the socio-economic and environmental well-being of Nigerians.
He said: “With the spate of renewed violence in the Niger Delta, Nigeria’s profile as a country under siege of militancy and terrorism has unfortunately notched a point higher. Sadly, this is not just bad for the country’s image; it is bad for the economy and future survival. Immediate, medium and long-term solutions must, therefore, be found so that, like the boko haram insurgency in the North East, this crisis in the creeks does not further cripple Nigeria’s already economy.”
The archbishop said the violence in the Niger Delta “is a huge blow to the already complicated 2016 budget as the nation’s crude oil production has already been reduced by 31% this year from 2.2 million barrels per day to 1.4 million barrels.”
He noted that the process to clean up Ogoniland, launched by the vice-president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo early June, was gratifying, but pointed out that there was need for government to sit down and dialogue with the aggrieved militants.
Archbishop Chukwuma also advised President Buhari to look into the welfare of workers in Nigeria, saying that the current inflation in the country has eroded the value of their wages.
“We don’t want anarchy. People are suffering; people are in a state of disarray. There is high inflation while there is low salary. Let there be a way to soften the suffering of Nigerians. Increase the salary of workers,” the cleric said.
Archbishop Chukwuma also spoke on the menace of herdsmen in the South East and called government to put them in check.