REPORTER: ALFRED AJAYI
The Archbishop, Province on the Niger and Bishop, Diocese of Awka, Churchbof Nigeria, Anglican Communion, the Most Reverend Alexander Ibezim, has called on Nigerians not to lose hope over the current socio-economic hardship, which is plunging many people into frustrations and despair.
The Archbishop made the call while addressing Christian faithful at St. John’s Parish, Okpuno, Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
He urged Nigerians to trust the love and mercy of God which he noted would be revealed at this appointed time.
“The message is to encourage them to know that God who delivered the Israelites in slavery after more than four hundred years, remains the same and he will deliver his own.
“The same God, who answers prayer. You don’t hasten the plan of God. What we’ll do, when we continue to pray and live a life that glorifies God, heaven hastens his own plan,” he advised.
Archbishop Ibezim noted that Israelites were in captivity in Egypt before God came to their rescue and admonished the laity of the church to get closer to God who alone could deliver them from all hardship and tribulations of life.
For his part, the President Diocesan Council of Laity, Dr. Emma Ezenwaji, encouraged the faithful not to give up in the midst of increasing economic deprivation.
“The current economic reality is very disturbing. Too much hardship leading to the breaking of families and dropping out of school by children and the rest of them.
“People are dying like fowls because they don’t have enough money to deal with their health challenges. But, if we trust God, if we have faith in God, we will overcome,” he remarked.
He rather appealed to them to patiently wait on God as He turns things around in their favour.
The service featured prayers for the faithful, the families, the state and the nation at large.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU