OAIC tasks government on economic recovery, unity
The Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC), Nigeria Region, has blamed Nigeria’s dwindling economy and rising cost of living on government’s negligence of critical sectors of the economy, mismanagement of resources, rising debt burden and Russian-Ukraine war.
It disclosed that high cost of living, fuel scarcity and ill-conceived cashless policy have contributed to making life unbearable for the people, adding that the effect of the economic hardship is the ongoing brain drain and illegal migration, which have now led to upsurge in crime waves across the country.
OAIC made this known in a communiqué signed by the Regional President, Dr. Israel Akinadewo and the Regional Secretary, Dr. Victor A. Ivoke, after its first quarterly Regional Executive committee meeting held recently at the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church, Rumuomasi, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Calling on government to come up with policies that will bring out the country from the woods, the group said no leader emerges if God has not ordained him/her to be so.
“We believe that political positions should be used as a tool for national development and not for personal wealth accumulation, divisive tendencies or to stoke ethnic tension that will drive wedge into our national peace process.
“We appreciate all individuals and organisations that helped to douse the tension raised by political activities and we shall continue to pray for a peaceful and a prosperous nation. Now that the elections are over, we urge both the winners and losers to work together for peace and prosperity of the nation.
“Politics is a call to service. We, therefore, call on all politicians and public office holders to uphold the values of integrity, accountability and transparency in their daily dealings with the people of Nigeria when sworn into office,” the communiqué stated.
The group enjoined church leaders to condemn all appearances of evil in the land, saying that the pulpit must not be used for political gain or greed.
“We observed with dismay conflicting prophesies oozing out from pulpits of renowned pastors and prophets in the wake of the general elections and caution that men should not take the mercy of God for granted by speaking in the name of God when He (God) has not spoken. Such hastily concocted and politically induced prophecies tend to bring the church to ridicule and make mockery of the sacred gift or prophesy with which the church is blessed,” it said.