…And cleric urges Nigerians to spend on needs instead of wants

By Chinasa Ogbonna

An Anglican Priest has condemned the habit of spending on wants instead of needs among Nigerians, stressing the need for people to understand the “basic truth and reality of life” to enable them scale through in difficult times.
The cleric, Rev. Festus Oparah, PhD, Vicar of St Peter’s (Ang) Church Ikenegbu, was speaking on the topic “flourishing in times of famine” at a church service.
He said that the ugly condition of the country’s economy, which has led to increase in crime, needs God’s intervention and the wisdom of our leaders to save the situation.
Rev Oparah, who is also a lawyer, blamed the dwindling economy on lack of planning by both the government and private organizations and individuals, saying that they failed to save when there was oil boom.
He said that, like the people of Egypt did during the plenteous years as recorded in Genesis 41:47-49, government and individuals should have planned well in times of abundance.
He lamented the high rate of inflation and the serious recession Nigeria found itself in and appealed to government to address the situation before it gets out of hand.
According to him, government also failed to invest money in fruitful projects but decided to embark on jamborees and white elephant projects as well as looting.
Rev. Barr. Opara who praised for God’s intervention, however, urged the children of God to always trust in Him and exercise their faith in Him, adding that God never fails.

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