Newly re-elected Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Northern Region, Rev. Yakubu Pam, has challenged newly re-elected Northern governors to make paramount the interest of the masses as against theirs.
Report credited to the Guardian reports that Rev. Pam made the disclosure over the weekend in Jos, Plateau State in an address upon his return from a Northern CAN meeting in Kaduna where he was re-elected for another three years as the Chairman.
He noted that once unemployment and insecurity were addressed, the challenges bedeviling the region will be history. “I wish that Northern governors should learn from what is happening in Dubai; when you go outside the country, you will understand that their system is working but I don’t know why our government here cannot do the same.
“Governors should ignore personal pleasure in the interest of the people. They should concentrate on providing employment because if there are employment opportunities, the youths will not channel their energy to destructive venture.
“If there is employment insecurity will go and we will have numerous investors who will come to the North and invest for our good.” Reverend Pam advised.
While charging the Federal Government to take measures to secure the nation’s borders which has contributed to the current security situation, the CAN chairman urged governments at all levels to rise against the prosecution of Christians across the country.
“I must confess that we came on board at a time Northern Christians were facing serious persecution in most states of the North, especially over the attacks on churches and places of worship on Sundays in the far Northern, North- East and Central states of the North.
“We took the assignment and the mandate you gave us to unite the body of Christ in the North seriously in the last 3 years, resulting in remarkable achievements. He noted.
Meanwhile, a Kaduna-based Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Augustine Isek, has linked most of Nigeria’s problems to psychological poverty of the leaders and the led.
Rev. Isek, stated this during the 41st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of International Confederation of the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul National Council of Nigeria, which ended on Sunday in Kaduna.
The Reverend, who was keynote speaker at the event, dwelt on the theme: “The poor: sacrament of the presence of Christ’’, and the Catholic priest said unless Nigerians disabused their mind and see themselves as solution to their environmental problems, the country would continue to take two steps forward, ten backward.
“Psychology of every man is the engine house for changing his environment. The moment our minds are renewed, our environment too will be renewed. We should stop shifting blames. We should be generator of change at individual capacity. The problem is that, our mentality is generally dependent.’’