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2024: ‘Allow Nigerians to breathe’ – Archbishop Martins urges Tinubu

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev Alfred Adewale Martins, is urging President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and leaders nationwide to bring joy to Nigerians in 2024.

The Archbishop expressed concern over the hardships faced by millions of Nigerians in 2023, marked by high costs of essential goods amid election controversies.

Emphasizing the adverse effects of factors such as the increased pump price of petroleum products and the devaluation of the naira, Archbishop Martins called on governments at all levels and political parties to formulate policies to alleviate the suffering of the majority.

In a statement, he highlighted the impact of insecurity and economic challenges, leading to a “Japa syndrome” among the best minds. He described the situation as unacceptable, urging the government to focus on policies to revive the economy and bring comfort to the impoverished masses.

The Archbishop challenged President Tinubu and other leaders to prioritize the common good over political expediency, emphasizing the need for policies to lower food prices, reduce transportation costs, and create employment opportunities, especially for the youth.

He called for a reduction in the high cost of governance, citing examples such as expensive vehicles for officials and bloated delegations at international meetings. Archbishop Martins also appealed for cooperation among Nigerians to ensure peace and economic stability, urging prompt resolution of wage-related issues for workers, including resident doctors and university lecturers.


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