Open closed borders, Nigerians are starving, Cleric charges FG

Posted by News Express | 14 December 2019 | 882 times

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•Prophet Otukwu

 The General Supervisor of ThankGod Awaited Liberation Ministry, Ikeja, Lagos, Prophet Francis Otukwu, has appealed to the Federal Government to open the closed borders, to allow goods come into the country because Nigerians are actually suffering and starving due to the scarcity and high cost of food items caused by the closure.

“Any official or economist who tells you that the advantages of the closed borders outweigh the disadvantages is not telling you the truth. I have facts to prove that its disadvantages far outweigh whatever advantages,” adding that he’s ready to face anyone in a debate on the issue.

Prophet Otukwu stated this during the Ministry’s annual Thanksgiving Service last Sunday at the Mission House, Adekoya Street, Ogba, Ikeja. Regretting the pains the common man is going through in the country, he warned that a hungry man is an angry, whose reaction when sufficiently provoked could be more difficult to manage.

“But, much as the government reserves the right to introduce new policies, such must take into cognizance its effects on the people whose minds would have been prepared ahead of time. Hence, there was need to have allowed enough period of grace given that agricultural and farm products are not grown overnight. Increase in poultry production can only be achieved with long-term planning and reasonable capital investment. That is why the sudden closure of borders which took importers and consumers, as well as neighbouring ECOWAS countries unawares is not in the best interest of the people or even the economy.”

He appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure fairness and level-playing ground in the execution of government policies, so as not to create the impression that certain groups are being favoured over others.

“As a human being, even if compelled to favour a constituency, don’t make it so glaring to avoid being misconstrued given Nigeria’s cultural diversity which, if well managed, is actually a political resource that could facilitate realising the nation’s socio-economic potential.”

Source: News Express

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