Cardinal Okogie:Poverty is Nigeria’s major problem

Lagos, Nigeria, Dec.06, 2007 ( - Anthony Cardinal Okogie, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, decried what he called ‘abject poverty’ ravaging Nigerians.

“People are suffering. Nigerian masses are still wallowing in abject poverty,” Okogie noted in his New Year message to Nigerians.

While urging the government to live up to its responsibility, the cleric called for the creation of more agencies in all the local government areas in the country to alleviate poverty in 2008.

Okogie said the Church could also be involved in poverty alleviation programmes for the masses.

The cardinal said the seven-point agenda of President Umaru Yar’Adua would go along way to relieve Nigerians and push their well being forward, if properly implemented.

He also said for the agenda to make a head way, “it must be forcefully and effectively executed to pave way for Nigeria to move forward.”

Okogie also called on the government to make agriculture another revenue earner.

“There are vast forests and fertile lands in the country which could be used for agriculture,” he added.

“Agriculture – like computer – can bring independent economic empowerment to people besides feeding the populace,” he said.

He also called on the Federal Government to let Nigerians know how much had been recovered from corrupt leaders.

The cleric canvassed for an attitudinal change by Nigerians is the New Year, saying “we believe that our situation is not the worst if we change our bad ways, bad characteristics and attitudes and our devil ish ways of doing things.”

The cardinal urged Nigerians to pray for the transformation of the country and its leaders to enhance a better tomorrow.

Source:The Tide Online

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