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Anglican bishop laments hardship in Nigeria, urges God’s intervention

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The Bishop of Okigwe South Anglican Diocese, David Onuoha, yesterday decried the growing hardship in the country.

He spoke at the Holy Trinity Church, Onicha Uboma, in Ihitteuboma Local Government Area of Imo State, during the church’s Ninth Synod.

The theme of his 104-page ‘presidential address’ was titled: “The power of praise in times like this.”

He urged Nigerians to intensify prayers and wait on God for intervention.

He lamented that Nigerian workers and traders were suffering due to the bad leadership at the various levels of government.

Onuoha appealed to Imo people to pray harder so that God would intervene the way he did during the 1996 “Otokoto Saga” in the state.

It followed the beheading of a nine-year-old Ikechukwu Okonkwo by some ritualists in the area.

The cleric expressed concern over alleged demolition of buildings and markets by the state government, as well as the non-payment of pensions to retirees in the state for over 40 months.

He added that contractors and businessmen and women are also affected by the hardship, as they wait endlessly to be paid for jobs done and supplies made.

He said: “The only viable option left for us is to stand up and praise the Lord. Remember that we have a God who is not in any way limited by situations and circumstances.

“He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who moves in a mysterious way with wonders to perform. Our God is alive. He neither slumbers nor sleeps. He is watching and taking note of what is happening, and is ever willing to intervene.”

The bishop urged the people to invite God to the scene by rendering praises to him and watch him fight the battle himself.

The cleric also condemned the wanton destruction of lives by Boko Haram and herdsmen.


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