commends Uzodimma over N2b Youth intervention fund
Anglican Bishop of Orlu Diocese Most Rev. Benjamin Okeke has enjoined Nigerian youths to accept the fact that their demands and cries have been heard by the high and mighty within and outside the shores of Africa’s most populous nation with the ongoing Endsars protests across Nigeria. Accordingly therefore, the prelate has begged the youths to leave the roads and streets in order to give government the needed time and opportunity to come up with better, workable and implementable plans required to solve the myriads of problems facing our youths.
Bishop Okeke who spoke to Nigerian Newsguide weekend regretted the carnage that greeted the Endsars protests whilst heaping so much blames on the shoulders of government for failing to act earlier to nip the protests in the bud. Part of the key factors that neccesitated the protests Bishop Okeke said, was the age long neglect of the youths and sit-tight syndrome among current Nigerian Leaders who have bluntly refused to give way for the young ones to occupy positions of authority. The prelate decried the violent and wanton destruction of lives and public buildings, blaming the original sincere protesters for allowing miscreants spoil the whole show for them.
“Now, I don’t want us to continue to discuss what happened or what didn’t happen, all I plead for is for these our children to leave the roads and allow peace to rain while government makes haste to commence implementation of their demands. The peace of God that surpasses all understanding, I pray should reign in our clime, may love and mercy of God be in abundance amongst our aggrieved youths and may the operators of our government for once be responsible and responsive to needs of these youths who have been at the receiving end for such a long time in our dear country”.
Most Rev Benjamin Okeke equally seized the medium to call on the federal government to end all forms of Police brutality and conscious violation of people’s Rights by supposedly officers of the law as the surest way to restore confidence among these youths. He prayed for the repose of those that lost their lives during the Endsars protests and asked God to comfort their families that are already heart-broken.
The Bishop while condemning the shameful act of some governors in hoarding palliatives meant for covid-19 however advised the government to provide sucor via compensation for the families of those killed during the Endsars protests.
The Bishop of Orlu in the same manner commended Imo state governor Sen. Hope Uzodimma for releasing N2b Special Youth intervention and empowerment fund, noting that the said fund when disbursed would go a long way in economically engaging Imo youths for a better future. He charged the Commissioner for Entreprenuership and Skills’ Acqiusation Mr Noble Abiaso to be diligent and christian-like in the disbursement of the fund such that it would get to the poor youths who actually need it.
“I salute Gov. Hope Uzodimma for coming up with such a program at a time like this. He has proven to be a father by reading the pulse of the youths and doing just what is needed at this material time. To the Entreprenuership Commissioner, Mr Noble Abiaso Atulegwu who I haven’t met before but told he knows his onion, he should be diligent and christian-like in disbursing the fund. The poor youths the fund is meant for, must have access to it to give them hope and sucor at a time like this”.