- Brace up to biting situation, Onaiyekan counsels citizens
The Primate of Anglican Church of Nigeria, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, and the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, have taken a swipe on the Federal Government over what they described as its dismal performance especially at the provision of healthcare, stable power supply and other services to the citizenry.
Speaking during a chat with journalists at the Cathedral Church of Advent Lifecamp, Abuja the Primate called on government to urgently provide improved health system in the country, adding that electrical power generation in Nigeria was nothing to write home about.
He regretted that the country has continued to spend a huge chunk of the nation’s wealth on medical trips abroad, with little attention given to revamping the country’s health sector.
Okoh also emphasized that improved health system and electricity are relevant to effective functioning of the country, pointing out that the fact that former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, and health challenges of President Muhammadu Buhari sought foreign medical treatmentwere enough proof that the health system of the country was in comatose and needs urgent intervention.
Hence, he said that tackling electricity and health delivery in the nation would go a long way to make the masses happy with their daily activities.
“Whatever the government can do to tackle the issue of electricity and medicare is good news to the poor. In this Church alone, we have lost somebody to cancer.
“There is hardly any quarter that somebody does not die and that is after a huge amount of money must have been spent in India.
“What lesson are we waiting for? We lost President Yar’Adua; only God intervened in the case of President Muhammadu Buhari. Is this not enough lessons for us?
“Why can’t we have a kind of task force to train our manpower and bring the facilities here in Nigeria so that not only senior people can get cure or treatment but that ordinary people too will have access to it?
“Health and education facilities need attention. If we have them, it will be good news to the poor,” Primate Okoh said.
On the call for salary increment in the country, he said: “If we increase salary from N18, 000 to N56,000 as the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) is saying, it won’t take much time, most of the money will lose value.
“The exchange rate is artificial; let us bring down the value of the dollar so that if I have N50, it will also do the work of N150.
“Ghana did something like that, they devalued their Cedi and they have a more quality money now.
“We cannot continue with this increment every now and then; the good news to the poor will mean that the value of their naira has been increased.’’
Also speaking, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, urged Nigerians to brace up to the biting economic situation in the country, stressing that no government would serve the nation in such a way that people would be happy in all aspects.
Suggesting some tips to remain happy even amidst economic crunch witnessed in the country, Onaiyekan advised Nigerians to always have a cheerful face with smiles from the inner joy without ill will against anybody even those with whom they are enemies. He said: “Things are not perfect and no human government will serve the nation in such a way that everybody is happy but there is a minimum of gestures.
“The land was filled with distress and most of the stress is man-made not caused by God, it is caused by our inability to help one another.
“Let Christmas be a time when we try to spread joy even in the midst of crisis and hunger, there are always possibility to have the inner joy which is beyond understanding.
“Another simple way of spreading this joy is to have a cheerful face. Smile at people but above all have no ill will against anybody, even those who you think are your enemies.”
Dr OLUSEGUN ADELEYE …Not that I have already attained or am already perfected; but I press on. That I may lay hold of that of which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Philippians 3:12 A Christ-like life is progressive and a continuous one. You cannot have enough of it and therefore do not relax and feel that you have apprehended or attained it. A new life in Christ is never stagnant. For the acceleration of new things to come, it is necessary to “forget those things which are behind and reach forward to those things which are ahead” (Philippians 3: 13).
There are two kinds of past that must not be dwelt upon. First, is past virtuous deeds that make one to be full of empty satisfaction and contentment. Reliance on past achievements can hinder pressing forward to attract new th ings. Second is the danger of dwelling on sins, past failures and unpalatable experience.
Dwelling on the past may hinder the materialization of the present and the fulfillment of a bright future. Pray like this: Lord, have mercy upon me, forgive all ‘my iniquities, let not my past hinder my present and future in the name of Jesus. My life shall not be stagnant in Jesus name. Rev. Dr Olusegun Adeleye (08033014891- SMS only, 08035022884). He is the General Overseer of Christian Overcomers Mission (Oluwagbebe s street Ilupeju Estate, Akowonjo, Lagos.
Nigeria project, no man’s affair
The mountain that appears insurmountable in the lives of many people and our nation Nigeria are not caused by the devil, but by their wrong mindset. When the mind of a man is set on wrong things like defeat, failure, impossibility, poverty,… Such a man cannot experience something different from what he occupies his mind with.
But when you think right, you will be energized to act right, and great thing will come your way. For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:’ Prov. 23: Take for example in our nation Nigeria today are feeling the pains of lawlessness, corruption, insecurity, poor medical facilities, bad education system, embezzlement, etc.
We know what we need, but we don’t know how to get them. Everybody seeks his personal comfort even at the expense of others. Our youths are helping in building other nations while our land suffers. Those who could not ‘run away’, though strong and vibrant are wasting away for lack of opportunity. Revelation without reformation cannot bring transformation. We need God to help us and we need God fearing people to manage our blessed resources for our common good. God Bless Nigeria. Evang. Olusola Dare (07065611913, 080 51012911) is the Misions Coordinator of Christ Emissaries Global Missions, (Royal-Way Chapel). Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State. EMail: christemissaries@ gmail.com
Pathway to divine blessing
Do not be deceived; for whatsoever a man’s sows that shall he also reap… Galatians 6:7 Some fruits are sweet while others are bitter. So it is with us. Someone produces fruits and someone else doesn’t. The one that produces fruits is blessed and the fruits are blessed. Our Lord Jesus Christ’s Body was blessed and so were the fruits from His Body: His sputum healed the blind; objects from Peter and Paul’s bodies healed and delivered the sick.
They laid hands on the sick and they recovered. Therefore, like my Lord and the disciples, everything that is in me and comes out of my body is blessed. We had also learnt about THE BLESSING, which God Himself places on His children as the priest speaks it. Today, we have God’s spoken blessing upon the righteous. I repeat, God, who is the Blesser is the One speaking these blessings this evening.
Therefore, the blessings are as sure to happen as He has spoken them. Prayer My blessing covers everything about me: my health is blessed; my family is blessed; my organization is blessed; my Church is blessed; my country is blessed; everything I touch is blessed; Receive God’s spoken Word of blessings: Deuteronomy 28:1-14, by speaking it out and clinging to every word in faith. This message is to celebrate 41st wedding anniversary of Dr & Rev (Mrs) Mike/Mary Ohironoya. Note: 70th birthday anniversary celebration is loading. Watch out! Dr Mike Ohiorenoya (08133450828, 08033016067) is the Presiding Pastor of Covenanters Vintage Church, Joy Avenue Ajao estate, off Int. Airport Rd, Lagos. E-Mail:pastormikeohio@ gmail.com.
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