The Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical province of the Anglican Church, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, has condemned the introduction of charges on withdrawal and deposits above 500,000 (five hundred thousand naira) by commercial banks as directed by the Central bank of Nigeria(CBN).
Chukwuma said the policy if allowed, would increase the pains and sufferings currently faced by Nigerians.
The cleric was speaking with newsmen in Enugu shortly after officiating a religious monthly programme, christened “Breakfast with the Lord” organized in honour of former chairman of the Enugu sports club, Chief Ben Etiaba, to mark his 56th birthday alongside two other members of the club who were born in the month of September.
Archbishop Chukwuma, who equally asked Nigeria’s apex bank CBN, to rescind the decision noted that “President Buhari had during his electioneering campaign promised that he would not make life difficult for people, but he is now putting another burden on the citizens.
According to him, “People are now finding it difficult making money, Nigerians are really suffering. This policy is very untimely and unacceptable, and I think the NASS should insist that the CBN governor should suspend the policy.
He said the policy is going to bring more hardship upon the people and as such, it is completely unacceptable.
”I feel the Federal Government should review it, as this policy will discourage people from depositing money in the bank, it will make people save money in private volts, this is not encouraging, it will affect the economy of Nigeria,” he said.
Chukwuma, who delivered a sermon at the event, with the theme: “Within God Nothing is impossible” noted that introduction of anti-human programme and policies have over the years done serious harm to Nigerians.
On his part, Chief Etiaba, who is the eldest son to ex-governor of Anambra State, South-East Nigeria, Mrs Virgy Etiaba, expressed appreciation to God for making it possible for him to attain the new age.
According to him, “I feel glad today, and I want to say thank you father for adding one year to my life with good health” stressing that he is also happy that God has been using him to render selfless services to the society, especially mentoring of young ones whom according to him, remains future leaders of tomorrow.
He equally thanked the Enugu sports club for affording him the platform to showcase the stuff he is made of, stating that in his little way he has contributed to the development and empowerment of some young persons.
The ex- Enugu sports club boss said he has every reason to appreciate God for his love and benevolences to him and family.
The ceremony had in attendance, dignitaries from far and near, including mother of the celebrant, Mrs. Etiaba.