The Church has been described as a strong force in arresting the spate of uncertainties, amidst insecurity, political, economic woes, and infrastructural deficit that has placed Nigeria, not only as the poverty capital of the world, though richly endowed, but among the most terrorized nations globally, even as the citizens, youths in particular, have been charged to acquire entrepreneurial skills to be useful to themselves rather than look up to government or politicians who have no plans for them. The submission was made in a communiqué signed by Anthony Adieze and Ngozi Igbokwe, president and secretary of YCW, in that order, and made available to the Catholic Herald Newspaper at the end of a one day seminar organized recently by the Young Christians Workers movement (YCW), held at St. Cyprian Catholic Church, Oko-Oba, Agege, Lagos.
The seminar, tagged “Nigeria 2023: Before and During Election-Political, Legal, Economic and Career Tips to Overcome the Uncertainties”, asked Nigerian young workers to take necessary action in transforming their lives, and by extension, the country. The communiqué noted that the 2023 elections would take place in the midst of increasing levels of insecurity, deteriorating economic situation, high level of poverty and unemployment. The discontentment expressed by several Nigerians in the wake of hunger, scarcity and misgovernance, it said, would worsen the level of political apathy, lack of trust in the electoral process, among other legal issues that would likely trail the 2023 polls.
However, the communiqué recommended that the Church should galvanized its members to get involved in politics with the aim of restructuring what it called, bad governance. It advised the electorate to ‘stop the madness of sycophancy, self-pity, and if you can’t beat them, join them, syndrome’, and that the electorates must know their rights and exercise it to the fullest, and show more than a passing interest in politics, the communiqué further stated.