By Chris Onuoha
The priest, St. Mary’s Church, Ifo in Ogun State, Monsignor Sylvester E. Osigweh, has appealed to Nigerians to acknowledge sacrifice, commitment and patience as a way of reviving the ailing economy Nigeria is facing.
Osigweh, who is also the Spiritual Director, Jesus is Love and Power Catholic Healing Ministry, made this remark during a sermon he delivered at the opening ceremony of the church Annual Business Retreat held under the theme: ‘Business Progress in a Distressed Economy’.
The cleric lamented that people’s indifference to prayer and inability to understand God’s purpose and will in their lives bring more suffering against proper reasoning and patience.
“Every business in the world demands services and commitment no matter how small. To make progress, therefore, in a distressed economy, sacrifices and patience must be applied. Nigeria’s situation now is a clear example of what we are talking about, and a clear cut answer is we must turn to God who knows all for proper direction”, he stated.
“All over the world, people resort to prayers for every unhealthy situation. This is because everybody knows that God when properly consulted makes the impossible things possible. Nobody should understand stress to have permanent stay in a country state or individual. Liberation exercise must be taught by those who wish to make progress and people should see that God is not absent in every approach to make progress in their lives including business”.
Guest speaker at the retreat, Dr. Chidi Okpaluba, a life coach and CEO of CEFARRD, in his remarks, stressed the need for Nigerians to have mindset shift while believing that the economic situation is a momentary situation that can be quelled with self belief.