Nigerians react as Adeboye says naira can’t buy bread


Some Nigerians have reacted to the criticism by the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, against the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to redesign the N200, N500 and N1000 notes, even if they cannot buy bread.

The octogenarian made this statement on Friday during the church’s November Holy Ghost Service with the theme, ‘Let It Rain’.  Adeboye said, “You know what’s going on in our country. It doesn’t even make sense anymore. Our naira now is not even worth the paper it is printed on.

“And while people are hungry, trying to find enough money to buy bread to eat, our bosses are thinking of making the naira more beautiful, even if it can’t buy bread, at least, it will look beautiful. Oh Lord, have mercy. We have problems in the land now. Things seem to be getting funnier and funnier. If you don’t learn to laugh in Nigeria now, you will develop hypertension.”

Several reactions have trailed the statement of the renowned cleric. A journalist, Eniola Akinkuotu tweeted, “In February 2016, Pastor Adeboye said that whether the International Monetary Fund (IMF) likes it or not, the naira will rise again. That was when the dollar was exactly N280 on black market. Today, the dollar is almost N900. Daddy G.0 finally admits that naira is worthless.”

A Twitter user, @Patrick Creamz said, “The All Progressives Congress government always does things to stroke their useless ego. The amount of hunger in the land is worrisome. They usually don’t think through the implication of their policies. That’s why we are where we are today as a nation. Poorer than we were in 2015.”

@MagnificElvis wrote, “Where is the lie? A single A4 paper is worth 10 naira, which means 1/5 of a single sheet is more than our currency. Embarrassing.”

Sir David Onyemaizu said, “I wish more men of God will speak hard truths like Pastor Adeboye. That man will always speak the truth no matter what. Instead of telling your congregation to pray, tell them to go and vote wisely. $1 will soon be exchanged at N1000. Nigeria must be salvaged.”

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