Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Slash your salaries now - Bishop tells Buhari, Federal and State lawmakers
An Anglican Prelate has called on President Buhari and members of the National Assembly to slash their salaries in view of the crippling recession Nigeria is currently passing through and to equally put into practice the “change begins with me” slogan.
The Bishop, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Enyinnaya Okorafor of Egbu, also challenged Nigeria's rich men to contribute to the amelioration of the effect of the recession on the country by emulating rich Americans like Bill Gates and John Davison Rockefeller who, he said, loaned the American State about half of their net worth to salvage their country from recession.
Bishop Okorafor who made the submission recently in his 130-page presidential address/charge at the 3rd Session of the Seventh Synod of the Diocese held at St. Mark's Church, Eziobodo, Owerri West Local Government of Imo State, railed at Nigerian's richest man, Aliko Dangote for advising the federal government to sell some national assets instead of taking steps to bail Nigerian out of the economic quagmire.
Speaking on the theme of the Synod; “The Fourth Man in the Furnace: X-raying the staying power of God in all circumstances”, the Bishop of Egbu called for the restructuring of Nigerian's political and constitutional systems which would guarantee functional powers to the local governments, suggesting that the 2014 constitutional conference recommendations could form the blue print for restructuring the Nigerian system.
As he commended the Imo State government for setting up the Imo Education Trust Fund (I.E.T.F.) and calling for lovers of education to support it, he cautioned governor Okorocha against demolishing structures in the name of road expansion while retirees were yet to be paid their dues.
Bishop Okorafor, however, exhorted Nigerians not to despair in the midst of economic problems but to always look up to “saving power of God in all circumstances”.
(c) Christian voice newspaper