The Diocesan Bishop of Remo (Anglican Communion), Oyo State, The Right Reverend Michael Olusina Fape, on Friday, said Nigerians should plead for God’s mercy and favour to overcome the challenges of unemployment and poverty confronting its people.
Fape said this while delivering his address at the first session of the eleventh synod of the diocese, held at St. John’s Anglican Church, Ijoku, Sagamu, Ogun State, with the theme: “Give Your Body as a Living Sacrifice to God.”
According to him, majority of Nigerians, especially the youth, are unemployed, while many wallow in abject poverty.
“What can we do other than cry unto God for mercy. While Nigeria is being celebrated as a country with a growing economy, the reality on ground is that this has not translated to a meaningful lifestyle for the Nigerian masses. Majority of our people still live in abject poverty.
“The recent recruitment exercise carried out by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) was a pointer to the fact that Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder. We plead with our politicians to create enabling environment for our youths to actualise their dreams of becoming responsible adults in the years to come,” he said.
Speaking further, the cleric described the abduction of over 200 Chibok school girls as detestable and called on the Federal Government to ensure their release.
On the 2015 elections, Bishop Fape urged politicians not to see the elections as a do-or-die affair, adding that the nation needs credible men and women to lead the people aright.