Nigeria’s northern governors have urged Christians to imbibe the ideals of perseverance, sacrifice and commitment to the will of God which characterized the Lenten season.
The Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Niger Governor, Babangida Aliyu, on Sunday congratulated Christians and all Nigerians, who are alive to witness this year’s Easter.
“We are alive today only by God’s grace and favour and not that we are in any way special before the Almighty,” he said.In a statement signed by Mr. Aliyu’s Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, the forum urged Nigerians to continue to render selfless service to humanity. He said that this underscored the essence of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday.
The forum urged citizens to use the opportunity of the Easter celebrations to pray for the quick resolution of the security challenges confronting the nation. It urged Nigerians to pray and work for peace, stability and progress of Nigeria, while supporting the actualization of the nation’s transformation agenda.
The forum wished Nigerians memorable Easter celebrations.
Celebrations across the nation
Christians in the Federal Capital Territory on Sunday joined other faithful across the country to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.
In some churches visited by correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, worshippers offered special prayers for the nation’s peace, unity and economic growth. In the spirit of the season, Christians were urged to serve as agents of change and imbibe the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation in the society.
Christians all over the world mark Jesus’ resurrection from the death on Easter Sunday.
At the Cathedral Church of Advent (Anglican Communion) in Life Camp, Abuja, Primate of all Nigeria, Nicholas Okoh, tasked Christians to be agents of change in their areas of responsibilities.
Rev. Okoh, whose sermon was titled Alleluia! Christ is risen, said Christians should make the difference by shunning corruption and other vices in the polity.
“This is the time to attend to issues of your daily life. As Christians, this is the time to make a promise to yourself,” he said. “You must vow that you will not be part of the problems of Nigeria, let Christ’s resurrection come to your homes, offices and other places of responsibility. Let us rise above the realms of corruption and focus on God because resurrection will mean nothing if we still partake in corruption. Let it be said that Christians are different.”.
The primate urged Christians to take Easter as a period of triumph over difficulties and challenges of life. He urged Nigerians to remain faithful and hopeful as God would intervene in the affairs of the nation, especially the challenge of insecurity in parts of the country.
At St. John Catholic Church, Maraba, worshippers sang praises and offered prayers to God for peace in the country.The celebrating priest, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Patrick, said just as Christ’s death and resurrection brought hope to Christendom, Nigeria would overcome her present challenges.
He urged Christians to imbibe the virtues of forgiveness, prayer, humility and love for their fellow human beings, in spite of the provocation. The clergyman said that lessons from the Easter story should be taken seriously by Christians in the spirit of national reconciliation and development.
At the Holy Cross Catholic Church, Gwarimpa, the Easter Sunday Mass was full of praises as worshipers sang hymns and special songs in thanksgiving to God. Celebrating priest, Rev. Fr. Octavous Moor, urged Christians to imbibe the virtue of humility as exemplified by Christ’s acceptance of death on the cross.
He urged them to always show respect for their fellow human beings and preached against all forms of discrimination against women in Nigeria.