The Christian Association of Nigerians in the 19 Northern States and Abuja has expressed deep concern over the harsh economic conditions in the country, stating that it has become unbearable for ordinary Nigerians. The organization also noted the increasing security challenges in the nation.
This concern follows a similar statement from the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar lll-led Jama’atu Nasril Islam, urging government intervention in the prevailing economic hardship, which had prompted protests by Nigerians.
Angry youths and women took to the streets in Minna and Kano to protest the rising cost of living, and similar protests also erupted in Ondo State. In Minna, women blocked the Minna-Bida Road at Kpakungu Roundabout, demanding government action to address the issue of hunger in the country. Security forces attempted to quell the protest by firing tear gas canisters and making arrests.
In response to the situation, the Northern Christian Association of Nigeria released a statement calling on the Federal Government to urgently address the escalating economic hardship and security challenges. The organization emphasized the high cost of food, transportation, and goods, stating that it has made life difficult for many Nigerians. They also expressed sadness over the continued attacks in Plateau State and urged the government to take necessary steps to halt the killings across the country.
The statement titled “The Federal Government should urgently address the escalating insecurity and hunger in the country” highlighted the dire economic situation and escalating insecurity, citing the collapse of small businesses due to power supply issues and the declining value of the naira. The organization also called for justice to be served by ensuring that perpetrators and sponsors of insecurity are brought to book.
The Northern Christian Association of Nigeria also criticized regional groups and some Northern Senators for opposing government plans to relocate certain departments from Abuja to Lagos, stating that it is unfortunate to introduce ethnic and regional sentiments into a policy intended to streamline operations and reduce costs.