Since Nigeria’s economy slipped into recession in the second quarter of 2016, things have not been the same.

Prices of goods have shot up while salaries have remained the same.

Even the minimum wage of 18,000 Naira can barely buy a bag of rice at a time.

Nigerians are praying to see prices of items return to what they were before the recession, but the Nigerian Air Force has an advice for them.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, believes one thing Nigerians must do at this time is to keep the hope alive, in spite of the challenging economic situation.

Air Marshal Abubakar spoke at the 2017 Annual Harvest and Thanksgiving service of the Nigerian Air Force Protestant Church in Abuja.

The Air Chief represented by Air Commodore Nelson Calmday at the event with the theme: “The mountain Top harvest of sacrifice” expressed optimism that better days were ahead.

He urged Nigerians to never give up because they would smile again very soon.

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One thing he wants Nigerians to also know is that the impact of the economic recession was not on them alone, as the Nigerian Air Force was also affected.

"We have also suffered because, unlike in previous years we could not carry out most of our planned activities due to lack of funds.

"We had to put off trainings and other activities because there were no available resources to carry them through," .

He said despite the economic situation, the Chief of Air staff had ensured that 75% of Air Force Staff school students fees were paid.

According to him, it was a pity that about 27 states could not pay workers’ salaries, but for Nigerians, there was need to keep faith and hope alive.

The Guest Preacher at the service, Reverend Gideon Para-Mallam, called on political and religious leaders in Nigeria to live a life of sacrifice and help bring about the desired change in the nation.

He said that a lot had gone wrong because past leaders were not sacrificing.

"Political and religious leaders should live right with the fear of God and be able to make sacrifices for the good of the country.

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"God never made mistake by creating us Muslims and Christians to live together," he added, expressing the belief that God would preserve the nation.

The priest asked Nigerians to continue to pray for the leaders and the nation.

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