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Nigeria @ 63: CAN Urges FG To Combat Terrorism, Stabilize Economy

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) congratulated Nigeria on her 63rd Independence Day anniversary and also urged the Federal Government to stabilize the economy.

According to the association, the recent fall of the Naira against major world currencies, particularly the dollar, has seriously affected Nigerians.

These were stated by the CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, in his Independence Day message.

He said the FG should also do more to combat terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.

He said, “This significant milestone reminds us of the progress we have made as a nation and the challenges that lie ahead. As we reflect on our journey, we urge the government to prioritize addressing the pressing economic challenges and the escalating state of insecurity in our beloved country.

“CAN acknowledges the need for urgent measures to stabilize the Nigerian economy. The recent fall of the Naira against major world currencies, particularly the dollar, has had a profound impact on the lives of ordinary Nigerians.

“We call on the government to implement sustainable economic policies that will bolster our local currency, stimulate investments and revitalize key sectors.”

The statement read further, “By fostering an enabling environment for entrepreneurship and providing necessary support to small and medium-sized enterprises, we can create jobs and alleviate poverty, ultimately improving the quality of life for all citizens.

“Moreover, the escalating state of insecurity, especially in the South East region, demands immediate attention. We express deep concern over the spate of violence and bloodshed that has plagued communities, leading to loss of lives and displacement of innocent citizens.”

The Christian association implored the “government to intensify efforts in combating terrorism, banditry, and all forms of criminal activities”

The statement added that adequate resources should be allocated to security agencies and called for collaboration with local communities.

It noted that in fighting terrorism, intelligence gathering must be strengthened.

“Restoring peace and security is vital not only for the affected regions but for the entire nation, as it will enable people to return to their farms, fostering food security and sustainable development.

“Furthermore, we emphasise the need for unity and national cohesion. Nigeria’s strength lies in its diversity, and we must harness this diversity for the common good of all citizens. Together, we can build bridges of understanding and foster an environment where all citizens feel valued and protected.”

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