End Hunger in Nigeria, Methodist Bishops Tell Buhari

The Methodist Bishops on Monday called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retired) to fight hunger in the country.

This was part of the communiqué released after the 39th Episcopal Council Conference held in Lagos.

The church said ending hunger in the country would positively affect other social variables and end the socially-driven crisis the society has been facing in recent times.

The theme of the conference was “Prepare for the Second Coming of Christ”.

The Prelate of the Church, His Eminence, Samuel Uche, said people should speak out against the social upheavals which have been a challenge for social peace.

The cleric urged the government to end hunger in the country as such social upheaval had endangered the peace of the nation.

He said, “As a church, we remain committed to the welfare of the people and will continue to advocate for the good of the people for the authorities to encourage people-centered policies to prevent conflict in the country.

“We will continue to show determination and drive, capable of moving us forward in the direction of the progress that society desires.

“The Council of Bishops urges everyone to lead a holy life, as it is essential to win the war against the social vices, perversion and corruption that pervade society.

“Our government has a duty to secure people’s lives by extending its economic dynamism to the agricultural sector which has the capacity to employ many young people and deter them from becoming involved in crime.”

He added that reshaping the national economy through mechanized agriculture would keep young people away from crime.

Uche described the protracted strike by university professors as unproductive, urging the authorities to make peace with the striking professors, to allow young people to return to school.

“There is a need for undergraduate students to continue their studies without interruption from the program.

“Such a lull in the system, as seen in the more than three-month-long industrial action, could be counterproductive for students and society,” he said.

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