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The Assistant parish priest, St. Peter’s Catholic Parish, Keffi, Rev. Fr. Altah Tanko says the Lenten season is a period for people to prepare for Easter through fasting and prayer.

He said that it was also a period to give alms to the needy and prayer for peace.

The cleric said this on Wednesday in Keffi in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.

Tanko said that in difficult moments like recession period, people should pray earnestly for God’s intervention to save the nation and its citizens from the hard times.

He also said that for believers to keep their faith alive they should believe in God, who made all things because He is our source and creator.

He said in the area of insecurity, believers should also pray and give alms to the needy.

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Lenten period is for prayers, fasting, self-restraint, alms-giving – Cleric

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Religious leaders have admonished Christians to use the Lenten period of fasting, self-restraint, alms-giving and  to pray for the peace, stability and socio-economic progress of the country.

This is coming as Christians in Nigeria joined their counterparts globally to mark Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten period, which will usher in Easter celebration.

Revd Canon Ifeanyi Emegwa, Vicar of the Church of Pentecost Awka,(Church of Nigeria) Anglican,Communion, said the Lenten period is marked with fasting, self-restraint and alms giving by the Christian faithful.

He said that it was also marked by putting ashes on the heads of the clergy and the other faithful on the day.

“Lenten period, as it is called, is a time of prayer, fasting, self-restraint and alms giving by Christ believers,” he said.

Nigeria News Agency Correspondent, who covered the commencement pf the activity in Awka metropolis, reports that the day was overwhelmingly marked by Christians that marked their foreheads with ashes.

Emegwa said that Ash Wednesday signaled the beginning of the fast of lent expected to last for 46 days.

The Cleric noted that the prayers of thousands of Christians observing Lent would go a long way to ensure a peaceful and prosperous country for all citizens.

Earlier, Rev. Echezona Obioha, in a Lenten homily, said that it  originated  from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting  observed by wearing ashes on the forehead to symbolise that all men were made from dust.

Echezona said that it is a period of grief for the sins committed which separates man from God, with Christian faithful abstaining from pleasure as a mark of repentance on the day.

He said that fasting for 40 days was like Moses fasted for 40 days as recorded in Exodus 34 :28  and Elijah also fasted for forty days as recorded in First King 19 vs 8.

An Anglican faithful, Mr Chidi Beluchukwu, who took part in the Ash Wednesday service, said that the ash used on the day was a reminder to all that man is dust and would return to dust.

Beluchukwu said that the faithful are enjoined to use the lenten period to reconcile with both man and God, and also  give up sinful habits.

Mrs Maudlin Okeke said that the significance of Ash Wednesday was a time of more prayer and fasting to draw closer to God and live like Christ as a good ambassador of the Christian belief.

Okeke said it was a time to abstain from bad habits and pray to God to provide grace for the faithful to live a worthy life always.

NAN reports that the ashes used for the religious observance are made from palm branches blessed on the previous year’s palm Sundays.

Rev. Fr. Benjamin Achi, Director of Social Communication, Enugu Catholic Diocese, (Phone/Email) also urged Christians to use the Lenten season to show love, mercy and forgiveness to others.

He told NAN in Enugu that this has become imperative because when Christians exhibit the act of charity toward their neighbours, it expressed the complete faith they professed in God.

According to him, the three cardinal ponts emphasised during the Lenten season are prayers, fasting and arms-giving.

He added that when Christians try to practice the three virtues, it brings them closer to God and make their relationship with human beings better.

“Lent is a very important season, in Christianity, it is a time we flex on our journey of faith and our relationship with God.

“God expect us to reflect on our lives and the way we carry on with the faith we profess in Him, also a time to look inwards and find ways to make our relationship with Him better.

“We are expected in the 40 days of the Lenten season to show the faith we profess in things we do,” he said.

The Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Most Rev. Gabriel Dunia, called on Christians to make the lent period very purposeful by praying and fasting against insecurity in the country.

He said this during a Mass to celebrate Ash Wednesday in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo.

He also urged Christians to actively participate in the 40 day adoration prayers during the period of the lent to pray against banditry, kidnapping, raping and killings in the country.

Dunia disclosed that the Catholic Bishop of Nigeria would stage a peaceful protest on March 1 against killings in some parts of the country.

“We the Bishop of Nigeria will stage a protest on Sunday over the evil that have engulf the land and his people.

“I call on Catholic faithful to use this lent period to pray and fast against banditry, kidnapping, killing, raping and other forms of social vices in the country,” he said.

The cleric said that the Lenten period was a time for Christians to reflect on their lives, find out where they had gone wrong and where to make amendment.

“Lent is a special period set aside and is an opportunity for the children of God to enter relationship with God.

“It is a period of penance of prayer, fasting and alms giving.

“The lord God has taught us that prayer, fasting and alms giving are remedies of our sins, by this we empty ourselves and see nothing in the World,” he said.

The Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Most Rev. Gabriel Dunia, called on Christians to make the lent period very purposeful by praying and fasting against insecurity in the country.

He said during a Mass to celebrate Ash Wednesday in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo.

He therefore charged all Catholics to do as the Holy Father had admonished; turn away from the culture of dominating the weak, and avoid the culture of individualism.

The clergy also called on all Nigerians to shun corruption and politics of bitterness; and also turn away from the rhetoric of hate speeches which often created mutual suspicion among people.

“Let us learn to love and trust one another because there is deficit of love in our nation. We, therefore, pray to God to help break our hardened hearts so that we can love the way God loves, and care for one another.’’

He also urged Christians to actively participate in the 40 day adoration prayers during the period of the lent to pray against banditry, kidnapping, raping and killings in the country.

Dunia disclosed that the Catholic Bishop of Nigeria would stage a peaceful protest on March 1 against killings in some parts of the country.

“We, the Bishop of Nigeria, will stage a protest on Sunday over the evil that have engulfed the land and his people.

“The lord God has taught us that prayer, fasting and alms giving are remedies of our sins, by this we empty ourselves and see nothing in the World,” he said. 

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Easter: Fintiri urges Christians to be guided by Lenten lessons

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Yola, April 21, 2019 Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri, Governor-elect for Adamawa, has advised Christians in the state to imbibe and sustain the lessons learned during Lenten season leading to the Holy Week as they celebrate the Easter.

The governor-elect, in a statement by his media aide, Mr Solomon Kumangar on Sunday, felicitated with citizens of the state on the occasion, noting that the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ remained the hallmark of love and sacrifice which mankind should embrace.

“Fintiri is confident that the lessons learned during Lenten season leading to Holy Week will continue to guide the words and actions of each and everyone in the struggle to make Adamawa State and indeed Nigeria, work again.”

He condemned the recent attack on Bolon community and its environs in Demsa Local Government, describing it as unfortunate and urged security agents to double their efforts to unmask the perpetrators.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that various activities are lined up in Adamawa to celebrate Easter including special prayers, visits and distribution of gifts to hospitals, orphanages and prisons.

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Use Lenten season to reconcile differences, pray for peace for Nigeria , clerics advise faithful

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Some Catholic clerics and faithful, on Thursday urged Nigerians to use the Lent season to reconcile with God and their fellow citizens.

“Let us pray for our leaders in Nigeria so that God will bless us, grant us his peace, bless the Church and also bless our country, Nigeria,” he said.

They gave the advice in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos following the commencement of the Christians’ annual Lenten period on Ash Wednesday.

They are expected during the 40–day period to fast, do penitence and charity for the less privileged.

Rev Fr. Tony Onyebuchi of St. Thomas Catholic Church, Papa-Ibafo, Ogun, advised the faithful to use the period for the renewal of their spiritual lives.

“It must be a period we put things right first with our God, do away with evils thoughts against our neighbours.

“ We should seek solutions to our faith where we have challenges and understand what we are doing regarding the faith we professed.’’

He also advised the faithful to abstain from those things they love most and assist the less privileged in the society.

Onyebuchi added that for people to change for the better, it had to start from the individual by being remorseful and sober.

Also, Rev. Fr. Clement Oddiah of Christ the King Parish, Akure, said Christians should use the Lenten season to reconcile with God and with one another.

“Lent is a time we journey back to ourselves in order to evaluate the purpose of life, which is to know, serve, and love God, who is the universal symbol of unity.

“It is a time of purification, a time of reconciliation and a time of reconnection, a time to grow in virtue and kill the bad vices in us,  a special time to be spiritually re-invigorated,” he said.

According to him, the three pillars of Lent observances are: prayers, abstinence and almsgiving.

It is not just a time to stay away from sins but a period to do more good to others.

Similarly, Rev. Fr. Pius Eluka, currently on mission outside the country, said that Lent is a period of evaluation of one’s self, especially, as it falls within the election period this year in Nigeria.

“Periods of elections are periods of trial for us Nigerians, but consistency and determination and payers will always help us make the right choices.

“We need to still make sacrifices to participate in the electoral processes and do everything humanly possible to see that we have credible elections and results that satisfy the majority,” he said.

According to Eluka, it may take time and energy, but it is part of the sacrifices we need to make today in order to have better life tomorrow.

Rev. Fr. Gabriel Udoh of Saint Maria Gorreti Catholic Church, Abaranje near Ikotun,a suburb of  Lagos, said that Lenten period meant staying away from sinful acts and vices.

“Let Nigerians run away from their sinful ways and embrace God, they should take advantage of this Lenten period and its daily messages and calling to change their ways,” he said.

He said that the Lenten period and the general elections were holding in Nigeria at the same time was a sign that all should exercise civil rights in truth and fear.

“Let us give room for a free and fair election. Let the people’s votes count so that they can begin to have confidence in the Nigerian project.

“Election is not and must not be a do or die thing for any reason. Let us, therefore, as Christians pray fervently during this Lent, offering our fast, abstinence and almsgiving to God in atonement for our sins.

“Let us pray for our leaders in Nigeria so that God will bless us, bless the Church and also bless our country, Nigeria,” he said.

Rev. Fr. Andrew Abhulime, the parish priest of Saints Joachim and Anne, Ijegun in Ikotun, urged the faithful to use the season to mortify the flesh so that the body could control the desired passion.

“The season expects us to bring down this passion of the flesh, ensuring that we fast along with charity for the less privileged.

“ Fasting without charity is fruitless because others should benefit from us so that we can store our riches in heaven and not on earth,” he said.

Abhulime noted that the 40 days observance was supposed to prepare Christians for greater season, striving to remain consistent to the end.

He said that the period had great significance in the scriptures, starting with the Israelites who spent 40 years in the wilderness and went through mortification of their lives in atonement for their sins then.

“Moses also spent 40 days on the mountain, preparing himself for a spiritual battle. Likewise, Elijah spent 40 days preparing for the mission of God,” he said.

He then called on Nigerians to avoid all occasions of sin and return to God just as the prodigal son did.

The president of the Christian Fathers, Saints Joachim and Anne,  Mr Andy Odogwu, advised Nigerians to emulate the lessons of change and meekness in dealing with their fellow citizens.

“My advice to Nigerians as we commence this year’s Lenten Season is that we should actually reflect on our lives and see those areas that are not in conformity with the Gospel and seek change.

“Engaging in corrupt practices is inimical to transparency which Christ stood for while he was on earth,” he told NNN.

The Christians father advised Nigerians to turn away from hate speeches which could create mutual suspicion among selves rather than learn to love.

Also, a Nollywood member,  Ifeanyi Dike noted that the whole sector should get involved in this practice of spiritual rebirth for greater achievement.

“Definitely, the Lenten season calls for sober attitude s from all and sundry.  If the show must go on, we must realise that we have a creator that we need to worship,” he said.

 

 

 

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Cleric urges sincere repentance among Christians in Lenten season

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Cannon Michael Olorundare of St Luke’s Anglican Church, Amje, Alagbado, Lagos State, has urged Christians to take advantage of the Lenten season to make sincere repentance from habits that were not Christlike.

Olorundare said this during his sermon at the Ash Wednesday service held in the parish to mark the beginning of the annual Lenten season.

“I use this opportunity to thank God for sparing our lives to be part of this year’s lent service which kicks off today with this Ash Wednesday service.

“This is a period that we must take an overview of the way we have been living our lives in relation to our services to God and mankind, as is expected of us in the Bible.

“Let the life of Christ reflect in everything we do and let us come out from our negative ways, have a true repentance and do away from all ills in totality,” he said.

Cannon Olorundare called on Christians to fortify their prayer lives while they observe fast in the Lenten season, extend hands of fellowship to the needy and deny themselves of unnecessary pleasures.

He prayed for peace in the forthcoming elections in Lagos and other states of the federation, while encouraging Nigerians to participate in Saturday’s elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that lent is a solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday.

The purpose is to prepare believers for Easter through prayers, repentance of sins, self denial and arms giving.

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Catholics mark Ash Wednesday to herald 2019 Lenten season

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The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigerian (CBCN) on Tuesday announced that Catholics in Nigeria would on Wednesday join their counterparts worldwide to mark the 2019 Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Season of lent.

The President of CBCN, Bishop Augustine O. Akubeze, said on Tuesday in Abuja that the Lenten season was a period during which Christians were encouraged to intensify prayers, abstinence, fasting and alms giving for 40 days.

Akubeze, also the Catholic Archbishop of Benin City, commended Nigerians who came out for the Presidential and National Assembly Elections, and urged all registered voters to come out massively for the Gubernatorial and State Assembly Elections scheduled for March 9.

He called on all security agencies to remain non-partisan and to protect every Nigerian.

“As we, Christians, begin the Lenten Season on Ash Wednesday, I call on all of us to be conscious of the three pillars of Lent; fasting, alms giving and prayers.

“Let us all be involved in these spiritual exercises. Through fasting, we are able to conquer our concupiscence, and recognise that God has given us the power to overcome all temptations.

“Through almsgiving, we are able to share our resources with those who are in need. This act helps us to know that we belong to one family of God,” he said.

The Bishop advised that political parties, ethnic differences, or religious differences should not divide the nation.

“There is only one God who is responsible for our being. For every act of kindness done through almsgiving, is done to Christ (Matthew 25:40).

Through prayers, we come to realise our dependency on God,” he stated.

The CBCN president said Nigeria would not move forward if its citizens did not turn to God in prayer.

“The prosperity of Nigerians is being held captive by corruption. Let us pray and work for the liberation of Nigeria so that every Nigerian can realise their God-given potentials.

“More importantly, that there shall be justice and peace in Nigeria, without justice and peace, there cannot be progress. Let us all be agents of justice and peace in our land.

“Conversion of hearts is what Pope Francis calls for during his 2019 lenten message. We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, also call for the conversion of hearts for every Nigerian,” he said.

He therefore charged all Catholics to do as the Holy Father had admonished; turn away from the culture of dominating the weak and the culture of individualism.

The clergy also called on all Nigerians to shun corruption and politics of bitterness; and also turn away from the rhetoric of hate speeches which often created mutual suspicion among people.

“Let us learn to love and trust one another because there is deficit of love in our nation. We, therefore, pray to God to help break our hardened hearts so that we can love the way God loves, and care for one another.’’ (NNN)

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Lagos Govt. gives 2 weeks ultimatum for families to bury corpses in Lagos morgues

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The Lagos State Government has given families that have corpses in Lagos State  mortuaries two weeks ultimatum to pick them for burial.

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State gave the charge on Saturday while briefing newsmen at the State House, Marina, on the update of the management of  COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Sanwo-Olu said that the state’s mortuaries were getting filled and congested following the lockdown, hence, the owners of the corpses should pick them for burial or risk mass burial.

He said that though the corpses were not COVID-19 corpses, owners should conduct the burial in line with the protocol established in the management of COVID-19 in the country.

The governor said that the morgues were getting congested because some corpses were not buried during  the Lenten period as in practice by some Christian faithful, coupled with the unprecedented  lockdown of the state which followed thereafter.

He, however, said that inter-state movements for burials will not be tolerated, as the state borders have been toughened to restrict those not providing essential services from entering the state.

“Still on this matter of essential movement, I would like to speak concerning funerals.

“One of the outcomes of this lockdown is that many families and households have had to postpone funeral plans for loved ones who have passed away before or during this period.

“’As you might know, many Christian denominations do not carry out funerals during the Lenten Season.

“Funerals are typically kept on hold during this period and scheduled for the period immediately following the end of Lent.

”Unfortunately, this year, the COVID-19 lockdown coincided with the end of Lent, which caused many families and households to further suspend or put off funeral plans,’’ he said.

Sanwo-Olu said that due to inability to hold funerals, occasioned by the restrictions on movement, the mortuaries in Lagos State had become full and in urgent need of decongestion.

“Let me make it clear at this point that these are not COVID-19 deaths.

”The mortuaries in Lagos are not full because of COVID-19 deaths.

“The total number of COVID-19 deaths in Lagos as at today is 20; the only reason the mortuaries are full at this time is because funerals are not being held and have not been held for most of the last two months,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu appealed to all Lagosians who had the corpses of their loved ones in the mortuaries to please go ahead and schedule these funerals, as funeral was on the list of activities exempted from the lockdown restrictions.

“You can hold or attend funeral ceremonies in Lagos State as long as you comply with the requirements that we have outlined.

“’The total number of persons at the funeral, including officiating religious leaders, must not exceed 20.

“Physical distancing must be maintained at the funeral ceremony; all attendees/mourners must use masks and ensure they wash their hands after the ceremony.

“There must be no receptions or parties to accompany these funerals; rest assured that as long as these directives are fully complied with, funerals will be allowed and encouraged to take place.

“If we are unable to see a decongestion of the mortuaries across the state in the next two weeks, the Lagos State Government will be compelled to carry out mass burials to achieve this.

“We do not want to be forced to do this, which is why we are asking for your cooperation in this regard,” he said.

Also, the governor said that in exercising the powers conferred on him by Section 212 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), he had ordered the release of 209 inmates remanded in various Correctional Centres in the state.

He said that this was done to decongest correctional centres in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and was part of a larger effort to bring lasting reform to the administration of criminal justice in the country.

According to him, the beneficiaries of this release order include those above 60 years of age and those who had less than six months to go on their sentence.

He also said that they included those that have served 75 per cent of their sentence; those serving for misdemeanours and minor offences; and those with physical and mental health issues.

The governor also announced that the use of face masks was now compulsory in public places in Lagos State and failure to use masks in public would attract sanctions.

“As at midnight yesterday, April 24, 2020, Lagos State had a total of 670 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 291 cases since the last time I addressed you, on Monday April 20,2020.

“What this means is that we have seen a 76 per cent increase in our number of confirmed cases within four days, an average of 70 cases daily.

“These numbers demonstrate that we are now firmly in the community transmission phase of this pandemic in Lagos.

“It shows that our strategy of ramping up testing, especially within local communities is working, and that this is not the time for us to relax or to slow down in the efforts we are making to break the chain of transmission,’’ he said.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Easter: CAN urges adherents to emulate Jesus Christ

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kwara Chapter, has urged Christian faithful to emulate Jesus Christ as they reflect over Easter celebration, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is being marked worldwide on Sunday.

A statement issued by Dr Paul Olawoore, the state Chairman, said that Christians should continue manifesting the exemplary characters of Jesus Christ and make Him models for our daily life styles.

According to him, the situation under which adherents find themselves during this year’s Easter celebration is an unusual one.

“Our world is going through a difficult time over the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This year’s Easter programmes have been indoor, such as part of the Lenten season, Passion Week, Good Friday and Easter Sunday celebration, the reason is to curtail the spreed of COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Kwara CAN employs all Christians to continue having faith in Christ because His resurrection brought victory to us all.”

Olawoore prayed that God will make the country overcome the current challenge of COVID-19, urging adherents to be steadfast and prayerful.

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Parishioners vow to maintain impact of Lent

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Some parishioners of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Bwari, who practiced the Christian Lent have promised to maintain the impact of the rite in the future.

The parishioners spoke in separate interviews with Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Abuja.

NAN reports that Lent is a solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later before Easter Sunday.

Mrs Agnes Simon, a civil servant said the period of the rite had not only revived her faith but also put her in the direction she needed to go.

She said: “My soul grew during lent, and is now settled and feels more fortified.

“I hope to maintain the change even after the lent is over because I feel I am in the right spiritual direction now. Spiritually speaking, I tell you, I am fine,” she said.

Mrs Comfort Anyanwu, a trader, said that although she participated in the rite for a few weeks, she intended to keep the promises she made in order to grow in the spirit.

According to her, it is not about just participating in the rite but also having a spiritual impact of the true meaning of the lent.

“I found out that after the effort of keeping my Lenten sacrifice, the fasting and abstinence, and the focus on Christ’s Passion, a lot of people find it difficult to keep the vows they make and the teachings.

“As for me, I do feel renewed after the short period and yet, I hope that the feeling do not go away,” she said.

Mr Augustine Miracle, a business man said that holiness does not consist in not making mistakes or never committing sins but a faith that grew with capacity for conversion, repentance and willingness to begin again.

He added that the period was intended, above all, to create an avenue for reconciliation and forgiveness.

“In the past, I always had a very successful lent, I enjoyed everything I gave up.

“Then after Easter, I was back to old habits like drinking alcohol, watching too much television or spending too much time on the computer.

“However, this year, by God’s grace, I have little desire to return to the old things I gave up, God is good to me,” he said.

NAN reports that the purpose of lent was the preparation of Christians for Easter through prayers, doing penance, mortifying the flesh, repentance of sins, alms giving and self-denial.

This event was mostly observed in the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist and Catholic Churches.

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Easter: Pray for God’s intervention on COVID-19, Gov. Sule urges Christians

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Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa has urged Christians and other Nigerians to use the Easter period to pray fervently for God’s intervention to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

This, he also said for the healing of those afflicted by the virus across the globe.

Sule made the call in a statement he personally signed and issued to newsmen on Friday in Lafia ahead of Easter Celebration.

The governor while felicitating with Christians on the occasion of Easter celebration said that prayer is key to success, hence his call in that direction.

As Christians the world over celebrate this year’s Easter, I, Engr. Abdullahi  Sule, the Governor, on behalf of the Government and people of Nasarawa State congratulate the clergy and all Christian faithful in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

” As we are aware, the events leading to the resurrection of Christ were a significant milestone in the history of Christianity. The death and rise of Jesus Christ, therefore, symbolised sacrifice and the divinity of God.

Thus, Jesus Christ personifies selflessness, humility, patience and perseverance, ” he said.

Sule also enjoined Christains and other Nigerians to continue to imbibe the virtues of Jesus Christ by showing love, good neighborliness and peaceful coexistence among the diverse people of the State.

” I call on Christians and other Nigerians to use this Easter period to reflect on the good teachings of Christ that preach forgiveness, sacrifice and tolerance.

“As I also call on you ( Christians) to pray for God’s intervention in the containment of the spread of COVID-19 and the healing of those afflicted by the virus across the globe.

” May your sacrifices and abstinence during the lenten season bring peace, unity, good health and progress to our great state, ” the governor said.

He also urged Christians to pray for the continuous socio-economic development of the state and the country at large.

The governor while wishing Christians a peaceful celebration,  appealed to the people to continue to adhere strictly to preventive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Edited By: Isaac Ukpoju
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