Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, Archbishop of the Enugu Province of the Anglican Communion, has urged President Bola Tinubu’s present Federal Government to refrain from conducting a selective investigation of the previous administration.
He emphasized the need for a comprehensive investigation.
According to the kuryaloaded, President Tinubu immediately fired Godwin Emefiele as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and Abdulrasheed Bawa as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission after taking office. The DSS has them both in for questioning at the moment.
According to Archbishop Chukwuma, the investigation into the government of former President Muhammadu Buhari should include more than just the two of them.
The removal of the fuel subsidy without any compensatory measures was also criticized by the religious leader.
Shortly after his final presidential charge as Bishop of the Enugu Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Chukwuma told reporters this.
He addressed the gathering of bishops at the Cathedral Church of the Good Shepherd in Enugu’s Independence Layout.
According to him, the Holy Spirit inspired them to use the verse from Colossians 1:23 that serves as the sermon’s title, “Continue in the Faith,” in light of recent events in Nigeria.
The religious figure expressed regret that the government had eliminated the fuel subsidy without providing any compensation to the general populace.
“The country is going through a tough moment, and many people’s faith is being tested, especially as we face the issue of oil subsidy reduction; people are suffering as a result of inflation, and income is no longer proportional to consumption.
In addition, the government is not taking any measures to soften the blow of the subsidy cut.
The high exchange rate of the Naira to the Dollar, the high cost of petrol, food, building materials, transportation, frustration everywhere, unemployment, brain drain, and the high expense of living are all having an adverse effect on the faith of the people.
“As I conclude my episcopacy, I urge our people to remain steadfast in their trust in our Lord Jesus Christ despite these trials. Instead of fixating on the difficulties, trust that God would provide for His people and even change the hearts of the leaders.
Without belief, life becomes unbearable, and sometimes individuals take their own lives. He urged people to keep the faith, saying that it will be a key to their survival.
When asked about his views on fighting corruption, he responded that all those who have questions to answer must be brought to account if the government is to be regarded seriously.
He said, “individuals are seizing goods of this country for themselves, and the government is not questioning the appropriate individuals; they’re only scratching the surface when it comes to anti-corruption and probing.
“There is a need for equity in which Nigerians can say, ‘yes, there is a country that belongs to all. People lose faith in their country when there isn’t any of these things — equity, justice, love — and instead there’s favoritism, tribalism, and religious intolerance.
So, I’m pleading with the government to ease the pain of cutting subsidies by being open and honest about their policies and making sure that no one is left out.
To paraphrase one of their leaders, “Nigerians should not lose hope, and they should pray for the leaders to know that they have come to serve and not to sap.”