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Bishop’s Warning to Nigerians: Do Not Take Unneeded Palliatives



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Rev. John Oyejola, the Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Osogbo, has cautioned Nigerians against act of greed. He stated that whoever does not need items offered as palliatives to ease the burden of the harsh economy, should not accept them.

Bishop Oyejola delivered this message on Sunday in Otan Ayegbaju, Osun State, at the Holy Mass concluding this year’s annual Marian Pilgrimage, where Catholics nationwide gathered for prayers.

Nigerians have been heavily impacted by recent economic policies of the Federal Government, with prices of goods and services soaring amidst the poverty of the masses.

To alleviate the hardship, governments at all levels provided palliatives to indigent citizens.

The bishop urged Nigerians to adjust their expenses to align with the current economic realities. He also advised civil servants and politicians against taking palliatives meant for the vulnerable if they are not in need themselves due to their privileged positions.

The clergy also cautioned Nigerians against wastefulness, emphasizing the importance of only acquiring what is necessary and avoiding hoarding unnecessary items.

Bishop Oyejola emphasized the need for prudent saving and expenditure, and discerning between needs and wants.

He stressed, “Don’t be wasteful. You got to learn how to save and save properly. There is need for adjustment of expenses of social life. You don’t need numerous cars, big houses, flashy clothing, and jewelries. Simply go for what you need. Go for distinction between needs and wants.

“Go for only what you need. Don’t stock things up in your house, when you don’t need them. The fact that palliative or other privileges are easily accessible to you does not mean that you should selfishly avail yourself of it. If you don’t need palliative don’t go for it.

“If you need it, collect it. This goes to civil servants and politicians. You are getting reliefs through wage support. Have the discipline not to take palliative, if honestly you are not among the poorest of the poor.

“The poor should be charitable. Honestly is the best policy. Shun rich quick mentality. Don’t do it. You will die fast.”

This year’s edition of the annual Marian Pilgrimage of the Diocese of Osogbo had in attendance several pilgrims, including the immediate past Osun State Deputy Governor, Benedict Alabi, and the pioneer Registrar of the National Business and Technical Examination Board, Prof Olu Aina.