As work resumes throughout Nigeria on Monday, January 4, 2016, after the Christmas and the New Year celebrations, Yobe residents were seen in their numbers at their offices and places of work, marking the end of the celebrations.
Residents who spoke to Channels Television expressed thanks to almighty God for the improved security which made the festivities hitch-free.
While commending the improved security situation in the north east, speakers expressed optimism that the situation will continue to improve in view of the renewed determination of government at all levels to stamp out terrorism in the country.
The residents gave the assurance that there will be continued support for the government towards actualizing peace, which is a veritable instrument of development at all levels.
Commercial and official activities have picked up remarkably in the state as several civil servants and residents were seen in their places of work going about their normal activities.
Financial institutions such as banks and offices were all opened for businesses, indicating normalcy in all operations.
Motor parks were also filled with people who were seen to be in a hurry to catch up with happenings across other major towns of the state as well as other neighbouring states of the country.
The Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Nicholas Okoh has condemned the emergence of the ‘get rich quick’ sermon that is the rave of most Pentecostal Churches in the country.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, View From The Top, Mr Okoh said this was not the foundation that was laid by the missionaries who introduce Christianity in Nigeria.
He described as half-truth these sermons by pastors whose aim is for their personal advancement and enrichment.
The Primate said, “It’s not part of the way we started, it was not part of what the missionaries delivered to us, but all of a sudden the teachings on ‘if you follow me you will become wealthy’, ‘If you follow me within six months, you don’t have a Mercedes, then that is not my God’ ‘You either change the church or the church will change you’ something like that.
“At best this is half-truth, in the sense that it is true that God is the owner of everything, God is the owner of the universe, the oil we are harvesting in Nigeria and selling internationally market everywhere and making billions out of it is God’s property so God is rich, stupendously rich so his children are rich also, we are princes, we are princesses, but that does not mean there are no moral underpinnings, everything is ok and people can even steal and do thanksgiving you know is not right”
He said, “so I think that to counter this kind of thing, religious preachers and teachers must preach what is noble, what is helpful, what can build a being, what is realistic, what is biblically acceptable.”