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Cleric tasks Nigerians to develop positive attitude to nation building

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Cleric tasks Nigerians to develop positive attitude to nation building

Rev. Babatunde Idowu, the Overseer of FourSquare Gospel Church, Wuse District in Abuja, has tasked Nigerians to develop positive attitude to nation building for the country to attain greatness.

Idowu made the call in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Abuja on the sideline of the 10th Convocation of the church.

He said that the leaders and followers needed the grace of God and a change of heart to forge ahead, so that Nigeria would become great.

The cleric admonished Nigerians to always be truthful in their actions, saying that hiding the truth because of political and religious biases will only lead to retrogression.

“Refusing to jointly acknowledge and condemn what is wrong because of political and or ethnic inclinations must change to build the desired Nigeria.

“It does not really matter the political party, it is the human beings that matters; you will discover that those ruling us some crossed from one political party to another, but the human being remains the same.

“That is why the Bible says the heart of a man is desperately wicked who can know it? The issue is let us all have, by the grace of God, a changed heart.

“Everyone in this country should have a changed heart, a heart the loves God, a heart that loves the people and you will discover that some of these things that are hard will be softened,” he said.

Idowu said that the church has been praying and advising leaders and followers as part of its contribution to nation building.

“The issue is, do they listen, do the people listen? It is an advise and you either take it or reject it.”

The cleric said there was need to look away from the past and focus on the greater things ahead, adding that the country has a great future.

Idowu said that when Nigerians with a changed heart manage national resources very well, the country will be the envy of the world.

The cleric urged all Nigerians suffering the bitter economic hardship to look up to God and ask for direction.

He commended President Bola Tinubu for the effort to rejig Nigeria’s economy, saying that there is still more to be done.

He tasked the president to select people who know their job and can advise him on the right thing.

Earlier, Chairman of the 10th Convocation Planning Committee, Deacon Samson Olorunda said that the ceremony was to appreciate God for bringing the district this far.

“We are asking members to refocus, to be more refined and refired for the task ahead of bringing those in darkness into the light of God,” he said.

He said that Nigeria is a God-believing nation and a lot of prayers had been said asking God to intervene in the affairs of the country.

He said that though the situation is rough, God will intervene by touching the heart of men in the country to ensure peace and do what is pleasant to Him.

Also, Pastor Stella Eniola said that women should try to be like Deborah in the Bible, prayerfully supporting the men and the nation.

“We should prayerfully position our children because they will take over from us and to do better than we have done.

“We should live a life of good example because the children are watching; we are the books they read and God will help us not to fail them.

“Women must be practical, we must be proactive and prayerful and support all that needs to be supported, and economically we must not sit at the back.

“Work hard so that your husband will stand at the gate; the Bible says the men were celebrated at the gate because there were women backing them at home,” she said.

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Job Losses, Factory Closures Loom As Unsold Goods Pile Up — MAN

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AGAINST the backdrop of sustained pressure in the foreign exchange market and high cost of production, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN has indicated that inventory of unsold goods is escalating to levels now threatening the existence of companies operating in the production sector of the economy with attendant job losses.

Findings show that as of the weekend the foreign exchange market had recorded over 254 per cent plunge in the value of the naira since flotation of the currency by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in June 2023.

Recall that the naira traded for N471 per dollar in the official I&E market on June 13, 2023 before the floatation of the currency, but exchanged for N1,665.50 to a dollar as at February 23, 2024 on the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market (NAFEM), indicating a depreciation of more than 253.6 per cent over the eight-month period. The forex crisis is also stoking inflation, and coupled with high energy costs, purchasing power has continued plummet, stifling demand for goods.

Speaking on the impact of this development on the manufacturing sector, Director General, MAN, Segun Ajayi-Kadir, said: “There are reports that across the board, many warehouses and plants of many manufacturing firms are stockpiled with unsold goods manufactured last year. “The development is as a result of the devastating effects of the exchange rate crisis, inflation, fake and sub-standard goods, smuggling and other macro-economics challenges.”

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Relocation Of CBN: There’ll Be Consequences If Tinubu Doesn’t Reverse – Ndume

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Ali Ndume represents Borno South Senatorial District and is Chief Whip in the 10th Senate

Ndume & Seun Okin

On the relocation of some agencies of the FG to Abuja and the apprehension of the Northern elite

Ndume: It’s not just about our Northern colleagues, this is a consensus because we only have one Federal Capital and that is Abuja. All these “Lagos boys_ that are thinking that Lagos is Nigeria are just misinforming or advising the President wrongly.

The Regulators of the financial institutions are supposed to be or are in Abuja. You want them to move because they say Lagos is the commercial capital. These are one of the mistakes and I am sure Mr President will reverse it because it doesn’t work. You can’t have two capitals or is the CBN Governor going to be operating from Lagos or the headquarters of the CBN is in Lagos?

Do you now say majority of our oil is extracted from the South South, you take NNPC to South South or is it because Nigeria’s agricultural base is more in the North, you take the Ministry of Agriculture to anywhere in the North. It doesn’t work that way and that is one of the problems that is cropping up but I am very sure and confident that Mr President will look at this because he is a Nationalist and not just a Lagos man. Some of these people, I repeat, some of these people think Lagos is Nigeria. Lagos is not Nigeria, Lagos is not the headquarters of Nigeria, the headquarters of Nigeria is in Abuja.

Seun Okin: …but the CBN is saying some departments are only moving to Lagos for operational purposes

Ndume: Which operational purposes? Why was the headquarters moved from Lagos to Abuja, is it not because of the same congestion?

Seun Okin: …only some units and departments are moving…

Ndume: If you are talking about proximity and space, why not you take them to Nasarawa, Kogi or Kaduna just nearby so that you can decongest the place and I even don’t see any issue of congestion, because there is just going to be cost because they will also be running from Lagos to Abuja everytime spending more money and even exposing the workers to unnecessary risks. This is a decision that is not well-thought out and I think the President will do something about it, I am confident of that. If that does not happen, of course this is democracy, we know what to do.

Seun Okin: ..and what will that be?

Ndume: That will be when the President refuses to reverse it

Seun Okin: What will be the reaction?

Ndume: The reaction right now is don’t try to bring in the case of tribalism into it. I am not a Hausa or Fulani man but I am a Northerner and I am a Nigerian first. And we say that since the headquarters of Nigeria was moved from Lagos because of congestion and inefficiency to Abuja where it is more Central and more of no man’s land because the Gwaris and Gbagyis are the only people there. We have enough space there, CBN can rent any office or even build from scratch to increase efficiency but moving some departments to Lagos is not the best of ideas at all or even moving any agency for that matter.

Seun Okin: Is there any political undertone or ulterior motive ..?

Ndume: I don’t want to believe there is, because I know the President that much, just that those political cartels that I told you, are in the corridors of power and trying to misinform the President.

The President will take action because he is a man that listens and corrects anything.

Some of them (political cartels) think they know better than everybody but they don’t know anything.

When you don’t know Nigeria, you only know Lagos then you start doing things as if Nigeria is Lagos.

Besides, they are not doing any favour to Mr President because this could have political consequences.

Seun Okin: Really?

Ndume: Yes, I am telling you this and those guys who are just sitting in their offices trying to hang onto Mr President will not be there to amend the political mistakes or even to correct it because they only know their offices and they only know that they have brains. It’s politics.. Was it not politics that brought them to that office in the first place? If Tinubu had not won the election as the President, will the CBN Governor be where he is today?

Who brought Mr President to that office? Was it votes from Lagos that brought him to that office? No way, Lagos is in Nigeria and we will not accept this wrong decision.

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