By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Catholic Archbishop of Awka Diocese Anambra State, Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor, has expressed the fear that Nigerian youths may revolt against the rich in the country in a repeat of the last EndSARS protests that rocked the nation.
Bishop Ezeokafor who stated this at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka, said he was seeing a situation where the youths would rise up against the ‘big men’, and it would be deadly.
‘I’m seeing a situation where Nigerians will be protesting against the big men and any person who does not show clearly the source of his incomes may be dealt with.
‘The EndSARS protests may be a child’s play compared to the protest against the rich,” he warned. According to him, the masses were not comfortable and happy with the economic and security situation of the country and may vent their anger very soon.
The outspoken and influential prelate said the country was sitting on gun powder and may soon catch fire which would consume all if government did nothing to give the people the comfort they needed.
He said the greatest challenge of the country was corruption and favouritism and urged government to fight it. According to the charismatic cleric, the situation of people sitting tight in office and denying the youths the opportunity to earn a living was corruption of highest order.
‘One of the highest corruption in the country is that some people are sitting tight in power even when they have expired and have nothing to add again. These people have taken their positions, their children and those of their grandchildren.
‘The youths are not happy and they may rebel against the government and it will lead to a serious revolution,’ he warned.
The Bishop also called on government to find alternative means of funding the economy, because, according to him, oil was becoming worthless in the world economy.
‘We want a country that our economy will get better. Very soon oil will pack up. With new technology, there are electric cars that will make oil unattractive and the government should be planning alternative means,’ the Local Ordinary concluded.