In a recent statement released by the Christian Association of Nigerians in the 19 Northern States and Abuja, concerns were expressed on the escalating economic challenges faced by ordinary Nigerians. The organization, on Friday, highlighted the growing suffering in the country, emphasizing the severe impact on the populace.
The statement from Elder Sunday Oibe, the Secretary-General of Northern CAN, also drew attention to the alarming increase in security challenges across the nation. The association acknowledged the recent call by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar III, for both federal and state governments to address the prevailing economic hardships that led to protests.
Protests erupted earlier in Minna and Kano, with citizens expressing discontent over the rising cost of living. Women in Niger State blocked the Minna-Bida Road, calling for government intervention in addressing the challenges of hunger. The protests were met with tear gas and arrests by security operatives.
In response to these events, the Northern CAN called on the Federal Government to urgently intervene in the economic crisis and escalating security situation. The statement highlighted the unbearable conditions faced by ordinary Nigerians due to the high costs of food, transportation, goods, and services, along with the collapse of small businesses due to power supply issues.
The organization expressed sadness over the continuous attacks in Plateau State, urging the government to take decisive action to halt killings not only in Plateau but across the country. The statement emphasized the need for justice against perpetrators and sponsors of insecurity and called for collective efforts to support security agencies in the fight against criminals.
Additionally, the Northern CAN criticized regional groups such as the Arewa Consultative Forum, the Northern Elders Forum, and some Northern Senators for opposing the government’s plan to relocate certain departments from Abuja to Lagos.