(BY VEN. FOLUSO TAIWO)
A call has gone to Nigerians in all walks of life to wake up from their slumber and grapple with the downward trend in the economy.
The former Primate of Anglican Communion in Nigeria, Most Rev. Peter Akinola made the call at the St. Peter’s Cathedral Church, Minna during the wedding service of the daughter of the Registrar for Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, Barrister Abraham Yisa. He said the glut can only be ameliorated if Nigerians can take the bull by the horn and do serious farming using modern agriculture mechanization. He said that it is a shame that successive governments in the country rely solely on crude oil, thus encouraging mono economy. Now he said, there is oil but no buyer.
Archbishop Akinola urged the government not to pay lip service to modern way of farming, because according to him, “from time immemorial agriculture had been the mainstay, the backbone of Nigeria’s economy.”
The former Primate who talked on the state of the nation said everything is stagnant, adding that Nigerians should learn to be self-reliant and produce locally for export, for the Nigeria to appreciate. He asked the newly married Dr. and Mrs. Elijah Alhassan to put their trust in God and communicate for peace to reign. He said the law of reciprocity must be applied for the agape love to radiate and good Christian home to be established. He commended the level of work done in the Anglican Cathedral Church of St. Peter’s, Minna and encouraged them to do more without prejudice to the economic recession.