… says lifeline inadequate to assuage Nigerians’ hardship
The Spiritual Father and Chairman, Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church Worldwide, Prophet Samuel Adefila Abidoye, has called on President Bola Tinubu to ensure judicious use of the N500billion palliative proposal recently approved by the National Assembly, just as he described it as inadequate to assuage the hardships presently confronting Nigerians as a result of the fuel subsidy removal.
Prophet Abidoye who stated this on the sideline of the annual Convention and Retreat of the Evangelical Council held at Galilee Land, International Headquarters of the Church, Orile Igbon, Oyo State, said the money would not be enough to cater for the over 125million people believed to be living in poverty.
The Spiritual Father explained that the economic situation is seriously biting the people, calling for the holistic approach to the trend in the drive to make life easier for Nigerians.
He also described as inadequate the N8000 monthly to be paid over six months to 12million households in view of the high cost of living.
Prophet Abidoye called on President Bola Tinubu to take immediate action to stem rising food prices and ensure sustainable food security in the country, saying, “If food is available for man, poverty would be reduced drastically”.
He welcomed the declaration of a state of emergency on food security, and other measures ordered by the President, calling for more interventions in other areas, especially in Electricity, Education and Health to have immediate impact on the most vulnerable Nigerians.
The Spiritual Father admonished the various state governments to follow suit with their own people-oriented palliative programmes for the effects to be felt across the country, especially at the grassroots.
He applauded some state governments that have taken concrete steps to reduce school fees, increase minimum wage for their workers, provision of buses, among others, charging those who are yet to do so to take a cue to reduce poverty across the nation.
Turning to the Evangelical Council, Prophet Abidoye tasked members to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ using open air preaching, trickle down evangelism, door to door evangelism, evangelism through sermonizing, lifestyle evangelism, friendship evangelism and child evangelism, among others.
The Spiritual Father charged them to learn new and trending ways to win souls for Jesus Christ as the end time is fast approaching, urging the fold to stand up to the challenges and bring back lost sheep, new converts and formulate strategies to retain them and make them heavenly candidates.
He charged all Christians to remain rapture able and be committed to God’s work and do not backslide in the journey of faith.
In his address of welcome, the Conference Supervising Evangelist, Special Apostle Evangelist Michael Oladele Adesina, explained that the 15th edition of the annual Convention has as it theme, “The Evangelist as God’s workman for higher ground,” taken from the book of Ephesians 2:10, 2 Timothy 2:15-21.
Evangelist Adesina charged members to use the opportunity of the Convention to be trained and got sharpened in the readiness to do the work of an Evangelist and allowed themselves to be filled with the Holy Spirit with the knowledge of truth and understanding.
The Chairman Convention Committee, Special Apostle Emmanuel Oladejo admonished participants to be strong in the Lord and be ready to do exploits and present themselves teachable to increase their boldness, courage, willingness, exemplary life and passion for soul winning for Gods kingdom.