An Anambra Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Obimma has placed no fewer than 300 elderly people on a lifetime monthly salary.
The founder and Spiritual Director of Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, Uke, in an effort to improve the welfare of elderly persons in Nkwelle-Ezunaka community, Oyi Local Government Area, of the state, placed including the ex-chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Elder Chris Eluemumo, on monthly salary.
The payment commenced immediately on Wednesday at Afunwa Shopping Mall/Events Centre, Nkwelle-Ezunaka, all elderly women and men from 75 years and above will be placed on N5,000 lifetime monthly salary.
Rev. Fr. Obimma who is popularly called Fr. Ebube Muonso, vowed to continue the payment until his death.
The Catholic priest said: “The Bible tells us to support the needy and in John 10:10, Christ said that He came so that you may have life and have it in abundance and I am taking part in the Christ Ministry because Christ himself preached the good news and gave food to the poor people.
“It is always good to take care of the elderly ones. I equally have a special package for their hospital bills, though secretly. I will open an account for them. I have a soft spot for the elderly. I will continue to pay them the salary until I die. I will write it as my will..
“I will open an investment that will be yielding money for the apostolate to the elderly and generation yet unborn. I thank my parents for sending me to school, education is an enabler.
“It is a remarkable venture, I thank the cleric, it shows that our Nkwelle-Ezunaka community has produced a son. I am one of the beneficiaries, as I am 75 years now. It is a commendable venture,” he stated.
The faces of the elderly people were all brightened with a grin as they prayed for God to keep blessing the priest.