The Primate, Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, The Most Revd Nicholas D Okoh yesterday said the economic recession that hit the country has affected church offerings.
Okoh who stated this in Abuja during an interactive session with some selected members of the church drawn from all the Anglican Dioceses in Nigeria, added that Nigeria ‘is in precarious situation.’
The programme which was tagged, “The State of Our Church and It’s Future,” had Dr Alex Ekweme, Sen Ifeanyi Okowa, Dame Virgy Etiaba, Chief Emmanuel Nwanyawu, Ms Amal Pepple, Ikedi Ohakim, Emeka Ehedioha, Prof Jerry Ghana, Chief Olabode George and other prominent Nigerians in attendance.
Okoh who announced that the Anglican Church will be marking 500 years of establishment this year, added that the contribution of the ministry on education and other ventures has help in the development of the Nigeria.
“Nigeria is in a very precarious situation. The recession has made offering to be shrinking. But it also call for more prayers for our country and the leaders,” the primate said.
Okoh, who is also the Archbishop metropolitan, called on politicians to play the game faithfully and responsibly.
“Don’t do things as those who have not been touch by the holy spirit,” Okoh said, apparently referring to the members of the Anglican Communion.
Okoh said a lot of jobless youth are now tempted to embark on social ills after school, calling on well meaning Nigerians to tackle the problem of unemployment.
“Many have become hopeless. While we continue to appeal to government to provide employment for our youth, the private sector must give decent jobs to our teeming unemployed,” he said.
The primate advised the youth not to allow themselves to be use as tools by the devil.
Okoh further disclosed that the meeting was to interact with some prominent members of the church on the need to be active participants in spreading the gospel.
Also speaking, Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa said the speech of the primate was very instructive adding that a lot of skill acquisition centres has been opened in his state for the training of the youth.
Okowa said graduates must be enlighten to know that school is not all about white cola jobs.
” In Delta state we are training our youth on crop development, fish farming and others in all our 10 vocational centres. The polytechnic has also been equip to teach the students skills for self reliance,” Okowa added. ELANZANEWS.M