Cleric urges Buhari to reverse hike in electricity tariff, PMS price
The Supreme Head, Cherubim & Seraphim (C&S) Unification Church of Nigeria, His Most Eminence, Prophet Solomon Adegboyega Alao has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse the hike in electricity tariff. He also condemned timing of price increase in Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
Alao said the President ought to be concerned more with reducing the economic hardship occasioned by effects of COVID-19 on Nigerians.
Speaking at the church’s 95th anniversary thanksgiving service at Seraphim Land, Km 40, Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State, yesterday, the clergyman said Nigerians were passing through hardship because many private company workers had not received salaries for over six months, and wondered why government chose this period to increase electricity tariff and petroleum product prices, which would have negative effects on food prices.
He said: “I can see some economic sense in removing petroleum subsidy, but the timing is wrong. It caught the people unawares, because there was no public enlightenment before the subsidy removal.
“ I think electricity supply should be improved before talking of increasing tariff. I don’t know any community that enjoys 12 hours of interrupted power supply in the country, not to talk of 24 hours.
“Government should link economic independence of people to crime reduction. If people are hungry and losing hope, they become desperate and they can do anything”.
Alao also advised government to consider the secularity of the country in handling Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), as it affects religious organisations, noting that government has no business interfering with how individuals decide to worship their God.
He condemned the death sentence passed on the Kano singer, Sharif Yahaya Sharifai and urged the President to intervene in the matter.
He said: “If Kano government goes ahead to execute the man, it will send wrong signals to the international community and people of different religion in the country.”
Alao urged members of the church to support government and pray for the President and state governors to govern the country with the fear of God and improve the masses’ welfare.
He prophesied that soon, Nigerians would hold a national thanksgiving service to celebrate end of Coronavirus.
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