By Onome Oghenetega
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Friday tacitly supported the position of Edo governor, Godwin Obaseki, on the state of the nation’s economy.
The governor, who said the rising insecurity in the country was fueling the sharp downturn of the economy, said the country’s economy was in trouble.
Recall that Obaseki and the Federal Government have been in each other’s throats after the Edo governor claimed that the nation’s economy was in bad shape, adding that the government printed N60bn to augment last federal allocation to states.
Obaseki also sort the diversification of the economy from over reliance on crude oil to immediately address the calamity that is to befall the country in the years ahead.
But Okowa, who seems to be taking sides with his Edo counterpart, declared that Nigeria’s economy is “in troubled times.”
The Delta governor raised the alarm on Friday at the funeral service of late Mrs. Comfort Nwagimeje at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Agbor.
The governor, while described the nation’s situation as one only God can address, urged Nigerians to pray for a change in the current situation.
Okowa particularly painted a worrisome situation, positing that many people are hungry and can no longer feed themselves because they can’t farm the way they used to due to growing insecurity.
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“Pray for our nation because we are in troubled times; the country is insecure and our state is not left out because whatever affects the country affects the states.
“We are in troubled times because many people are hungry and can’t feed themselves, but we have hope that God will take control and change things for the better.
“Our economy has dwindled and insecurity is further worsening it; we can no longer farm as we used to but we are hopeful that God is able to turn things around for the nation,” Okowa said.
He condoled with the family of Nwagimeje on the demise of their matriarch ,and announced that the state government would construct Okwuijen Street, Agbor, in honour of the departed Comfort Nwagimeje.
“I know we have come here to mourn, but even in mourning of our dear mother, we still have to give thanks to God because that is the teaching of the Holy Scripture.
“I’m glad that I am in your midst today to celebrate the life and times of Ezinne Comfort Nwagimeje, who was dear to all of us.
“She was very dear to all of us because she was the wife of somebody we hold dear to our heart, Pa John Nwagimeje.
“In all the years I had known them, I saw her as a virtuous woman because as it happens in some instances, many women drag their husbands down.
“But in her case, she supported and assisted our father to attain the prominence he attained in Delta State politics because the fear of Pa Nwagimeje is the beginning of wisdom in Ika South and Ika nation as a whole.
“I am pleased with what has been said about her. It is good to live well, because when you depart what legacies will you leave for your children?
“She has left the warmth in their home that will cause people to respect the husband and I am glad that she impacted on the society while she lived as a true builder of the home,” he stated.