The Northern States Pentecostal Bishops Forum, NSPBF, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to engage the services of economic experts to assist in fashioning out ways the country can come out of the current economic recession.
The forum, which comprises Pentecostal Bishops in the 19 northern states and Abuja, is chaired by Archbishop John Praise Daniel.
Archbishop Daniel, who spoke with State House correspondents shortly after he led a delegation of the forum to meet with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday, advised the Buhari administration to stop at nothing to get whoever can help facilitate economic recovery in order to ensure that Nigeria bounces back as a great nation.
He noted that Nigerians were suffering from the effect of the misrule of the past leadership.
“All the same, we believe Nigeria is a great nation, and we can foster together with our genuineness, commitment and 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 to help in our economic recovery to ensure everything goes on well so that this country can bounce back as a great nation that we’ve always been, to ensure this country becomes that great nation we’ve always dreamt and talked about”, he said.
“We thank God that the president promised to 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 with his words to ensure that the suffering of Nigerian masses is reduced and make sure that there is enough in the country”, the NSPBF chair stated.
On the forum’s mission to the State House, the cleric said they were on a courtesy visit to Vice President Osinbajo and to thank the government for its efforts so far, especially in stamping out the Boko Haram insurgency and ensuring security all over the nation.
He added: “Also to talk to him (Osinbajo) on the need for the nation to work together in unity, to move on in peace. And the disturbing factor of the Fulani herdsmen, to ensure that everything is done and to give our own advice on how the government will go on well and foster unity, peace and progress. We’re a united nation and nobody should be thinking individually, but collectively of making Nigeria great. And also let the government know that yes, we’ve agreed we’re in recession, the people down there whom we lead are suffering, there are cries all over the place and let the government know that whatever they can do to alleviate the sufferings”.