Pentecostal Bishops Forum on Wednesday told President Muhammadu Buhari that there was hunger in the land.
The clerics made their feelings known after a closed door meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Their cry came as President Buhari, at the APC governorship campaign election rally in Benin City, Edo State, assured Nigerians that the nation’s economy would soon get out of its current doldrums.
The bishops appealed to the President to hire experts to help him fix the economy, saying Nigeria needed not to lose its greatness in the comity of nations.
Speaking to State House correspondents through their chairman, Archbishop John Praise Daniel, after the meeting, the bishops said it was imperative that Nigeria was brought back from the path of poverty and hunger.
He said they were in the Villa to tell the President about the effects of some social vices, including the killings by Fulani herdsmen.
“We came from all over the north, we came to pay a courtesy call on the VP. We came to congratulate him and thank the government for their efforts so far since they came in about a year ago, especially in stamping out the Boko Haram menace and in ensuring security all over the nation.
“We came to also talk to him on the need for the nation to work together in unity, to move on in peace, the disturbing factor of the Fulani herdsmen, and to give our advice on how the government can foster unity, peace and progress.
“We are a united nation and nobody should be thinking individually but collectively of making Nigeria great. And, also, let the government know that, yes, we have agreed we are in recession, the people down there who we lead are suffering. “There are cries all over the place and let the government do whatever it can to alleviate the sufferings.
We thank God that the President promised he will look at the hunger Nigerians are going through and we do believe that because the President is a man of integrity, he will follow up on his words to ensure that the sufferings of Nigerian masses are reduced. If we have all the infrastructure working, things will work.
“Agreed, we are suffering from the effect of misrule of past leadership. All the same, we believe Nigeria is a great nation, and we can work together with our genuineness, our commitment and our intellectual intelligence to move this nation forward. And they should not be afraid to look for economic experts.
“They should not stop to get who can help in our economic recovery to ensure everything goes on well so that this country can bounce back as a great nation that we have always been.
We want to ensure this country remains the great nation we have always dreamt and talked about,” Daniel said. We’ll come out of our economic doldrums President Buhari, at his party’s governorship campaign in Benin, said the economy would soon come out of its present parlous state, having also recorded remarkable improvements in security, especially in the North East.
He said: “I assure you that we are going to get out of our economic doldrums, we are almost out of our security problem and we are going to make Nigeria greater again. “We are going to be very proud of our country once again, our size, our resources will not be for nothing. We will continue to grow.”
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