The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta, Most Rev. Peter Odetoyinbo on Saturday charged Nigerians to pray for God’s intervention in the country current situation, the nation had found itself.
He admonished the country’s leaders to be more alive to their responsibilities in addressing the prevailing hardship in the country.
The Bishop who spoke through a statement made available to journalists in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital disclosed the citizens await an urgent and pragmatic relief from the anger and frustration in the land.
Odetoyinbo explained that the celebration of Christmas this year was like never before because Nigerians have been excessively apprehensive about what tide the season would bring for the first time in a long while.
The clergyman said, “There is hunger in the land; there is anger in the land; there is frustration in the land; there is anxiety, there is fear in the land; more so, there is scarcity of resources in the land. Nigerians await an urgent and pragmatic relief from these undeserved and severe conditions of life.
“The leadership of the country needs to be more alive to the yearnings and sufferings of the people through sincere commitment to fighting corruption, strengthening of our institutions, palliative economic policies as well as medium and long term economic policies, provision of jobs, removal of multiple taxations and provision of social infrastructure.”
The bishop enjoined Nigerians to reaffirm their faith in God in order to weather through the current difficult moments.
He further said, “One mistake that we cannot as Christians make at this point in time is to think that our joy is conditioned by our material possessions or lack of them. The joy that Jesus brings is more than that. Everyone deserves to be joyful and especially the poorest of the poor among us.
“Regardless of the difficult economic situation of the country, be encouraged to cater for the poor in this season since they look up to God for sustenance through you.
“The human tendency is to think that you also do not have enough and so you may want to relent in extending your hands of charity to the needy around you, but the word of God challenges you to give to the needy without hesitation because when you do that, the Lord will bless you in everything you work for and set out to do.
“The year may have been tough and rough on families and businesses but in Jesus we have a chance to end it on a note of joy. Let us pray for our country for God’s intervention in our condition and for the fear of God in our leaders as we look into year 2017 with revitalized hope.”