The Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Adebola Ademowo, on Friday called on the nation’s political leaders to shun politics-of-promise-without performance but to politics-of-action and service.
Ademowo said this in his New Year 2016 message which he made available to newsmen in Lagos.
He urged the leaders to serve the country with all sincerity, by putting our nation first and demonstrate their love for the country by living an exemplary live.
The cleric said that the rise in crime due to the increased rate of unemployment and insurgency was worrisome.
He urged the government to rise to the challenges by creating jobs opportunities for the youths.
“Right now, Nigeria’s economy is on a tail spin, unemployment in Year 2,000 was 13.9 per cent; it rose to 23.95 percent in 2012. Yet for the past seven years, Nigeria has been reporting a growth of seven per cent.
“The growth is wacky because it is growth without goodness. The working population in Nigeria‘s public and private sectors is groaning because of piles of unpaid salaries.
“It, also, has to find new ways of boosting its revenue by restructuring the economy, drastically improving exports reducing imports, adding value to primary products,’’ he said.
He said that the alarming rate of insecurity in the country was worrisome, urging the government to do something to arrest the problems.
“For our nation to survive and to find funds to fight the security challenges, it has to make drastic expenditure cuts.
The clergyman commended the Federal Government for its proposal to pay a N5,000 allowance to every unemployed youth on monthly basis.
“The plan by the Federal Government to give some amount of money as allowances to the unemployed is a welcome development.
“But, it should be incorporated into the 2016 Appropriation Bill to give it a legal backing,’’ he said.
The cleric called on Nigerians, irrespective of their religious affiliations, to be grateful as a nation despite the numerous challenges the country was faced with.
“I appeal to us, rather than welcome the New Year with self-created merriment and hollow-good cheer, but let us like Moses of old, turn our hearts to God.
“We are not the products of evolution, we know we belong to God, we are His handiwork and His creation,’’ he said.