Nigeria is a nation that is stricken with hunger and poverty, but Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has some answers. With a population that is currently estimated at 198 million people, “it has overtaken India (1.3 billion people) as the country with the highest number of poor people in the world, Nigeria has over 87 million poor people (compared with India’s 73 million)”.
President Muhammadu Buhari has made many efforts to expand the nation’s infrastructure and relive it of the recent recession, however the development of public amenities is lacking. People are still suffering from hunger and unemployment. Nigeria seems to be undergoing a lot of strain lately, and many would see only dark days ahead. Others however, seem to have a slightly different perspective
In a recent church service held in the Christ Embassy premises of Effurun, Delta State, Pastor Chris addressed his people on the topic of Nigeria’s economic woes and current affairs.
The service was celebrating the nation’s 58th year of independence.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome spoke to his community and assured them that their faith would continue to carry them through the most troublesome of times.
The BLW president urged his congregation that things would improve “If we anchor on God.” According to the man of God, only Nigerians themselves can pull the nation of the chaos. Pastor Chris insisted that he sees Nigeria “being a great country again by the grace of God,” The pastor acknowledged the great impact that the church has had on several communities such as Igbudu, Agbasa, Iyara and some schools with medical and clothing materials, among others.”
The man of God often shares his views on political affairs and serves, not only as a spiritual guide to his people, but also a light unto the nations through political and financial strife. This is certainly not the first time Pastor Chris has spoken on problematic current events.
The Christ Embassy president urged local leaders to hear their citizens. The address took place National Sports Stadium where thousands upon thousands were in attendance. “Your patience will be remembered,” he said.
“The quality of a nation is in its people. This country is a young democracy and it is time it matured,” he said as he addressed his followers during a Worship and Communion Miracle Service. Zimbabwe, much like Nigeria and many other countries in Africa have been victims of terrible violence, economic and corruption but “Pastor Chris urged the populace and its leadership to strive to resolve their differences amicably.”
“As an educated country, you must deal with your differences in a highly cultivated manner, as you have always done so far,” the popular preacher stated.
To leaders, he said: “Don’t always insist that your way is the only way.”
The Pastor stated that in Zimbabwe is dire need of a change of direction and strategy. “Change direction, change strategy. You are going somewhere, you are making progress, you will overcome the difficult times,” Pastor Chris said.
The service that was held in the stadium was filled by thousands of people from diverse backgrounds. Pastor Chris said God had favored Zimbabwe for many years as the number of church minsters had skyrocketed in recent years. It seems that a spiritual revolution has been taking place in the hopeful nation. He stated “One of the things I thank God for is that this country has released so many ministers of God. It is a good sign,” he told the overjoyed crowd and promised to come back and spend time with his followers.
Pastor Chris has had a significant impact of several African countries and has spoken extensively on why he feels these countries suffer so greatly.
The pastor has stated his worries on people seeking idols. Evil ideas are what is holding back development.
Pastor Oyakhilome insists that poverty has nothing to do with the nation in which you are born. Poverty only exits because of lack of faith People are poor because of their words not because of what they have or do not have “Abraham was a very rich man though he didn’t have a home”
This just goes to show the power of faith and the results of belief in God. This kind of dedication can transform not only an individual, but when applied correctly can transform an entire nation.