Thursday, 3 January 2019

New year message: Bishop Effiong backs restructuring, condemns NANS silence on ASUU strike




3rd January, 2019 | Ukorebi 


The Presiding Prelate of The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Nigeria, Bishop Uduak U. Effiong has said that the  restructuring of Nigeria will position the country on right path for sustainable development, as he urged electorate to insist on those seeking political offices to be committed to restructuring.


The University don who is currently a professor of education with the Cross River University of Technology, CRUTECH, disclosed this in his new year message to Nigerians. Bishop Effiong noted that prayers must be offered for leaders at all levels of governance while he advised electorates to seek divine guidance as they elect new leaders during the forthcoming general elections. 


"Let us pray for our leaders at all levels of government to be sincere and serious with their responsibilities, even as we pledge to be good followers of godly leadership. 
   As we approach the 2019 general elections, let us depend on God to guide our choice of persons seeking our mandate. We must vote wisely. We must insist on those seeking political offices to be committed to RESTRUCTURING in order to position Nigeria on the right path for sustainable development".


Prof. Effiong used the opportunity to establish his displeasure in the silence the leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS has maintained in the face of the ongoing ASUU strike as he appeal to the Federal government to take the right steps needed to ensure the gates of Nigeria Universities are continually kept open for academic activities.  


Furthermore, Bishop U. U. Effiong urged the Federal Government to see to the release of Leah Sharibu, and all others in the hands of terrorists while he prayed for peace in Nigeria and Nigerians to love one another, calling on the Church to be exemplary in love and godly living.


The statement reads in full:


Beloved, we praise God for faithfully sustaining us through 2018, and ushering us graciously into 2019. 

Now, may we resolve to love God, and love our neighbours as ourselves. This is God's golden commandment (Mtt.22: 37 - 40).
    

In love, there is no fear, selfishness, envy, jealousy, no evil. Rather, in love, there is patience, kindness, humility, meekness, perseverance,  and such like ( 1Cor. 13: 1 - 8). The Church must lead in this direction. Let us love, not hate, in all our actions and reactions. 
    

As Nigerians, we must love one another. God in his providence made us citizens of this country. Let us eschew thoughts and acts that are divisive, and rather seek greater unity of all. 
  

Let us pray for our leaders at all levels of government to be sincere and serious with their responsibilities, even as we pledge to be good followers of godly leadership. 
   

As we approach the 2019 general elections, let us depend on God to guide our choice of persons seeking our mandate. We must vote wisely. We must insist on those seeking political offices to be committed to RESTRUCTURING in order to position Nigeria on the right path for sustainable development. 
    

Our youths, and able men and women, must realize that they are too good to be mere tools in the hands of politicians. You are good to be in school, or gainfully employed, not to be hired at random to grace campaign venues. 
   

Why must our Polytechnics and Universities remain closed? Why should factories be retrenching? Why should entrepreneurs be shrinking their investments? Arising from these aberrations, many youths are out there on the streets (unemployed graduates, out-of-school undergraduates, school leavers) only to be recruited by some political gladiators that are responsible for their pains and stagnation, to serve as thugs, praise singers, armour bearers, social media activists. Let the youths realize that it is time to speak up against this neo-colonialism by some privileged elites.
    

Where is NANS? How can NANS be so quiet while Nigerian students are in such despicable condition?
    

I appeal to the Federal Government to take neccessary steps to reach an agreement with ASUU to enable students resume their studies. It would be good if these issues are resolved before the general elections. 
   

Furthermore, government must be sensitive to the demands of NLC over the minimum wage demand. Nigerians have suffered enough. Government should, without delay, initiate all the processes for the actualisation of the new minimum wage. Those governors who claim they cannot pay should resign so that those that have capacity and willingness to pay the agreed wage can replace them.
   

Finally, government must protect the lives and property of all Nigerians. The killings of Nigerians must stop. Sister Leah Sharibu, and all others in the hands of terrorists must be released through government intervention. 
Let there be peace in Nigeria. 
Let us love one another.
Let the Church be exemplary in love and godly living.
Let us be retooled for excellence. 
God bless you all. Happy New Year! 


Bishop U U Effiong 
Presiding Prelate 
A.M.E Zion Church in Nigeria

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