Reducing Poverty in Nigeria in the Light of Deuteronomy 15:7-18
One of the problems confronting the Nigerian society is its high level of poverty which is evident in both rural and urban areas. Among other things, this study makes bare the causes and effects of poverty among Nigerians. However, the aim of the work is to examine how poverty could be reduced among Nigerians as this problem alarms various governmental and non-governmental organizations such that various poverty alleviation programmes have been introduced both in the time past and at present. In this work, the reflections for the reduction of poverty in Nigeria would be done in the light of Deuteronomy 15: 7-18 which among other things highlights the right attitude which should be maintained towards the poor. Understandably, this study employs the rhetoric analysis methodology which is mainly used to study biblical passages that correspond with the form of sayings or statements. Therefore, this methodology is considered most appropriate for this work because the pericope under study contains numerous sayings. The major finding of this work indicates that the high level of poverty among Nigerians can also be reduced if the principles of poverty reduction reflected in various Old Testament passages and specifically in Deuteronomy 15:7-18 were applied by both individuals and the society.