Xmas vibe amid recession-Read what Nigerian Christians did
“We wish you a merry Christmas is on the list of songs Christians sing every year to celebrate Christmas, but the lyrics of the song were not well echoed among Christians in Nigeria this year as the horrible hands of recession showed no mercy, Miracle Enweremadu and Abraham Ariyibi write.
Christmas, observed by Christians annually to celebrate the birth of Christ, usually see a lot of Nigerians going to recreation centers, travelling to their villages, shopping among others. But, this year’s wore a negative coat of different colours.
Ecclezzia reporters spoke with Christians in Nigeria on how they marked the occasion.
A lecturer in Yaba College of technology, Mr. Ariyibi, surname undisclosed said, “Nigerians learnt to be prudent with Christmas this year”
Quoting Ariyibi, “The economic hardship in the country has really taught Nigerians a great lesson to be prudent with spendings.”
“Nigeria is seen as the country with the most extravagant citizen that spends money lavishly.”
“Nigerians know how to spend little and save more learning our lesson the hard way. Celebration of Christmas this year was on a low key because there is a great need to save for January when the struggle continues.”
Like Ariyibi, an Oshodi-based trader, Uche Eze, decried the recession.
There was not any sign of the celebration to Eze owing to the fact that he recorded poor sales during the Yuletide, and had no budget for the commemoration.
Summarizing his words, Eze said, “How can one celebrate Christmas in this crunching economic recession? Maybe you underestimate the impact of the recession”
But unlike Ariyibi and Eze, many Christians had fantastic celebration amid the meltdown.
Toni Daniels who works with first bank plc Sango Ota, Ogun, is one of such persons. He said, “Christmas was as good as usual to me and my family. Maybe because I work in a bank, I have only heard of recession and the chaos it has caused to Nigerians but have not seen or felt it.”
“ The people who come to bank everyday have not decline since the recession”
“ The ATM is loaded with huge amount of money, at least twice daily owing to the fact that people never seize to withdraw money. Where are those money coming from?
Michael Ugo, a student, said, “I enjoyed my Christmas I must say. I ate Rice and Chicken and celebrated Jesus. Recession has no business with me”
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