Recession: Ensure equitable distribution of wealth, Baptist Church tasks FG

IN view of current hardship in the country, President, Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso, Dr Emiola Nihinlola, has urged the Federal Government to pursue policies that would ensure equitable distribution of the nation’s wealth.

This is just as he also called on Nigerians to cautiously criticise the government, but rather pray that the Muhammadu Buhari-led government has a sense of direction out of the present economic recession.

Emiola made these remarks, in Ogbomoso, on Monday, at an event to herald the 2016 Annual Ministers’ Conference of The Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso, with the theme: “Going and Making Disciples of All Nations,” scheduled to hold between September 12 and 15.

“Nigerians are part and parcel of the government, whether they are being led by government or are in positions of leadership. So, we should criticise the government with caution, because every critique of government is self-critique.

“We are praying that the government will have a sense of direction, with regards to the way out of the present economic recession. The leadership of the present government, especially at a time like this, should fear God and pursue policies that make for equitable distribution of the resources and wealth of the nation. Perhaps, if the little we earn as a nation is more equitably distributed, Nigerians will be more relieved more than they are now,” he said.

According to Emiola, President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend (Dr) Samson Ayokunle; Chairman, Nigerian Baptist Convention, Reverend (Dr) Olumide Kehinde; Chairman of Alumni Association of the Baptist Theological Seminary, Reverend Jerry Pogwan; Vice President (Ministerial), Nigerian Baptist Convention, Reverend (Dr) Dickson Madogbwe, are among those who would minister at the event, while an estimated 5,000 persons are to attend the conference.

“We won’t be discussing economic theories, but biblical response to the economic challenges of the nation. We teach ministers about how to win souls, make Christian disciples amid violence, terrorism, economic hardship, economic recession and ministering to marginalised people like drug addicts,” he said.