Nigeria youths are not lazy – Bishop Osuegbu

It is not in order to suggest in any way that Nigerian youths are lazy.
This was the submission of the Anglican Bishop of Okigwe Diocese, Rt Rev. Edward C. D. Osuegbu, Ph.D, and JP while delivering his Presidential Address at the First Session of the Fourth Synod of the Diocese held at Cathedral Church of St Barnabas Okigwe in Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State.
He said that Nigerian youths are largely hardworking and ingenious young person struggling to make the best out of the very difficult lives that the nations’ leaders have over the years made their unfortunate lot.
The prelate, who was reacting to recent comments credited to the president, condemned his unguarded utterances at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (COHGM) in the United Kingdom on April 18 where he more or less described Nigerian youths in unsatisfactory terms, stressing that it was inappropriate for the president to disclose the laziness of the youths to an international forum, even if it were true.
Bishop Osuegbu who is the pioneer Bishop of Okigwe Diocese pointed out that, over the years successive governments, including the present administration have not made remarkable efforts to provide enabling environment for Nigerian youths to thrive.
According to the prelate, Nigerian youths have not been afforded the best that the nation has to offer in terms of healthcare, education, housing and general enabling environment, with little allocation given t these basic items. He noted that there are no major initiatives to improve education at the secondary and university levels, although the efforts on childhood education have only recently decreased the number of out-of-school children in the country from about 10 million to 8-5 million.
In the well articulated and well documented address, Bishop Osuegbu called on the government to be more serious in its fight against corruption instead of playing politics with it.
He condemned the trading of accusation and counter accusation between the government and the country’s main opposition party following the recent release of looters list and said that this is not what Nigerians want.
The Bishop who gave a detailed timeline of herdsmen killings in Benue State in 2018, regretted that the killings have continued and called on the government to rise up to the challenge and perform its primary duty of protecting lives and properties of its citizens.
On the theme of the synod, “Arise and let us build” (Neh. 2:18), Bishop Osuegbu charged Christians to emulate the leadership qualities of Nehemiah and to come together to build strong Christian fellowships, home and families.
He also charged Nigerians to come together to build a new Nigeria with a strong virtue and healthy political, economic and social structure.

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