Jos, 30 July, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Christian leaders in Nigeria are calling on the government to formulate economic policies that will address the country’s “prevailing hardships”.
In a statement, officials of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), which includes representatives of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), say that while the government has to make tough economic decisions, “there is the urgent need to prioritise measures that will alleviate rather than exacerbate the existing poverty level and hardships of Nigerians.”
“It is therefore imperative that economic policies are formulated and implemented with utmost care and consideration for the prevailing hardships experienced by Nigerians,” they say in the July 22 statement that CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, signed.
The Christian leaders highlight the recent removal of fuel subsidies as one of the policies that has placed an “enormous burden” on already struggling Nigerians.
On June 1, Nigeria’s Federal Government removed a fuel subsidy that saw petrol trade at N197. Following the subsidy removal, fuel prices rose to N540 (0.68 USD).