Seek foreign aid to fight insecurity and revive Nigeria’s local production, Amoo tells FG | The Guardian Nigeria News
The Archbishop of Kwara Province and Bishop of New Bussa, Bishop Israel Afolabi Amoo has appealed to the federal government to seek help from advanced nations to complement their efforts in combating insecurity. He argued that all was not well with Nigeria as a nation and instructed the country’s security forces to review their strategies.
Amoo also urged governments at all levels to always ensure adequate security for all citizens as well as fight corruption, which has become rampant.
The Archbishop spoke during his presidential address at the First Session of the Fifth Synod of the Diocese at Saint John Church, New Bussa, Niger State. The cleric stressed the need for the government to prioritize the lives of Nigerians and their property.
Amoo, who noted that Nigeria’s merger would not have happened, said: “If the situation in Nigeria were to be half of what it is today with violence, intolerance and fear in 1914, the various nationalities that made up Nigeria would not. came together as did Lord Lugard and his wife.
He went further saying, “Past efforts to have a credible national census have been hampered by distorted notions of what the census is. Thus, false and unrealistic figures were published. Our duty as a Diocese is to appeal to all ethnic groups, regions and religions to help Nigeria break the curse of the failed census exercise. We must not allow competition between religions and tribes to rob us of social progress.
The Archbishop regretted that corruption had been allowed to eat deeply into the fabrics of society and as such ruin the economy and other sectors of the nation as the initial attempt to combat it had been abandoned. According to him, “Before the advent of the civilian regimes of leader Olusegun Obasanjo, this country was fighting the monster called corruption, and every administration promised to fight this monster.
We should pay tribute to Obasanjo, who established institutions such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC), the Code of Conduct Office and the Code of Conduct Tribunal. The regimes after him had so much at their fingertips that sometimes one wonders if they really fight corruption or is it corruption that fights them. Unfortunately, successive governments have not bothered with this negative trend as some government officials are taking advantage of the situation.
“Many Nigerians had given up hope that something would be done again as corruption is generally assumed to be of national proportion, linking all power blocs at national, state, local and traditional levels.
“The government of President Muhammadu Buhari must vindicate the cynics of shame, if it is really doing anything to fight corruption. Many government projects and programs are nothing but corruption.
Projects and programs such as feeding primary school students which the government claimed to feed even during COVID-19 when all schools were closed. Cash support for merchants who received money without any of them signing for such payment and many more.
Amoo also lamented Nigeria’s departure from local production to rely on import instead of export.
Recalling the good old days, the Bishop of New Bussa said, “We were much more productive in 1970-1980 than today. From 1970 to 1980, we were a net exporter of refined petroleum products. Today, we import all of our refined petroleum products.
Nigerians drove the locally assembled cars, buses and trucks. Peugeot cars were manufactured in Kaduna and Volkswagen cars in Lagos. Leyland in Ibadan and ANAMCO in Enugu produced buses and trucks. Steyr in Bauchi produced agricultural tractors. We also produced almost all the components. Vono produced the seats in Lagos; Exide in Ibadan produced the batteries for all of West Africa. Isoglass and TSG in Ibadan produced the windscreen. Ferodo in Ibadan produced brake pads and discs. The tires were produced by Dunlop in Lagos and Mitchelin in Port-Harcourt. These tires were produced from rubber plantations located in Ogun, Cross River, Rivers State, Edo and Delta States. We used refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners produced by PZ, Thermo Cool.
The fabrics we put on were made by UNTL Textile Mills in Kaduna and Chellarams in Lagos. The pipes for our running water were produced by Kwalipipe in Kano and Duraplast in Lagos. Our kitchen was made using LPG gas stored inside gas cylinders produced at the NGC factory, Ibadan. Cables for electrification were produced by Nigeria Wire and Cable, Ibadan; NOCACO in Kaduna, and KableMetal in Lagos and Port – Harcourt. The Bata and the Lennards produced our shoes. No imported leather, but locally tanned leather in Zaria, Kaduna and Kano. We were flying with Nigeria Airways to almost every country in the world. Nigeria Airways was the largest in Africa at that time. Most of the food we ate was grown and produced in Nigeria.