Kogi ex-acting governor, cleric preach hope
Former Acting Governor of Kogi State, Clarence Olafemi and the founder of Harvester Christian Centre (HICC), Gbagada, Lagos, Pastor Bolaji Idowu, have urged Nigerians not to despair, saying the nation’s parlous economy would get better in this new year.
Olafemi said with ongoing efforts by the Federal Government, he was sure of the rebounding of the national economy.
He told The Guardian in Lokoja that the new year holds a lot of good for the nation.
His words: “I have absolute confidence that with the concerted effort from the Federal Government and the people of Nigeria, we will get out of recession early 2017.
“We can improve on our earnings, exchange rate between the naira and dollar as well as boost our external reserve and Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”
He hoped that the 36 state governors would be sensitive to payment of salaries in this new fiscal year.
Olafemi enjoined President Buhari to prioritise this year the menace of Fulani herdsmen, armed robbery and kidnapping, saying the ills were discouraging investors from coming into the agricultural sector.
He observed that kidnapping was also proving counter-productive to the nation’s quest for foreign direct investments (FDIs).
“It has even gone a long way to affecting agriculture as prominent Nigerians like Olu Falae, were kidnapped on their farm lands. How then do we develop agriculture especially now that diversification is being advocated?” he remarked
He congratulated the President over the anti-insurgency fight in the North-East.
According to Idowu, God never abandons His own and would see as many believers as possible through the prevailing economic crisis in the land.
He cautioned the citizens against being desponded by negative prophecies, urging focus on the Almighty God, as He does not abandon any of His projects.
Admitting that the economy is indeed challenging, the cleric, however, prophesised that those remain steadfast in the Lord would shine throughout the year.
In his message titled Creating infrastructure for a progressive future, Idowu underscored the mission of evildoers and their master, Satan.