The Anglican Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, Rt Rev Geoffrey Ibeabuchi has advised Nigerians, especially the breadwinners of homes, to spend their earnings only on essential needs of their families.
This he said, would mitigate the impact of the fuel subsidy removal on them.
Bishop Ibeabuchi gave the advice in a message he delivered to Anglican faithful during the celebration of this year’s Fathers’ Sunday in Umuahia Diocese, where he encouraged fathers to only spend their money on essential commodities to navigate economic downturn.
He acknowledged that the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal government had posed an economic challenge to Nigerians, but made it clear that no father or breadwinner of a family should neglect the needs of their family because of the situation.
He thanked God for preserving Nigerians in the face of socio-economic problems.
Bishop Ibeabuchi, who lauded the contributions of fathers to the development of the Church and the Nigerian society, also thanked their wives and children for their support.
He said, “In this dispensation of removal of fuel subsidy and its attendant hardship and stress, we encourage breadwinners and fathers to remain resolute, be prudent in the management of their resources and spend only on essential commodities.
“However, no man is allowed to neglect his family no matter the situation. God will help us and strengthen us in Jesus name.”
He also lamented the increasing number of Nigerian youths moving abroad for greener pastures, saying that most of the youths would have loved to live in Nigeria and contribute to the nation if things were put in order by the leaders.