EASTER: CLERICS APPEAL FOR CHARITY, SACRIFICE, STEADFASTNESS IN GOD & IMPROVED SECURITY
The Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese in Enugu State, the Most Reverend Callistus Onaga has urged Nigerians to always use their possessions to alleviate the sufferings of their neighbours just a Christ did for humanity.
They are also encouraged not to allow life challenges deter them in their journey of faith.
The Most Reverend Onaga gave the advice during a Pontifical Holy Mass held at the Holy Ghost Cathedral Enugu to mark this year’s Easter Sunday.
Earlier in an Easter message, Bishop Onaga advised Nigerians to cultivate the habit of tolerating and serving one another irrespective of tribe and religion.
He noted that love, unity and accepting the weak points of others would help the country to move forward.
He explained that the stone of difficulties could be removed from the country if the citizens resolved to do things together and embarked on meaningful projects that could help develop the nation.
Bishop Onaga recommended implicit faith in God and fervent prayers for improvement on the condition of the country.
The Bishop urged people not to lose faith in God as prayers and sincerity were what the country needed.
Some members of the congregation including Mr. Emmanuel Adiele and Mrs. Ifeoma Egbelu said they would apply the lessons of the Easter message in their lives to propagate Christ in their neighbours.
The Governor of Enugu State, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who attended the mass in company of some members of the State Executive Council read the first lesson.
Also, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, the Most Reverend Anthony Obinna says the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has restored courage to mankind.
In an Easter message, the Primate urged Nigerians to always persevere and remain steadfast in faith as God never abandoned those who trust in him.
Archbishop Obinna admonished the faithful to emulate Christ who he said exhibited courage and confidence during his encounter with Pontius Pilate and King Herod.
Archbishop Obinna noted that Christ brought liberation and salvation to mankind hence the issue of caste system and free born in the society have been laid to rest.
The Most Reverend Obinna stated that religious leaders had a duty to advocate good governance urged Nigerians to ensure that they got their permanent voter’s cards to enable them to choose their leaders.
Similarly, Archbishop Ecclesiastical Province of Enugu Anglican Communion and Bishop of Enugu Diocese, the Most Reverend Emmanuel Chukwuma, wants leaders at all levels of governance to imbibe the spirit of endurance and sacrifice to minimize hardship in the country and revive the economy.
In a special Easter service at the Cathedral Church of Good Shepherd, Archbishop Chukwuma pointed out that the Christian Religion would be meaningless without Jesus Christ sacrificing His life for mankind.
Archbishop Chukwuma also admonished both leaders and the led to remain faithful and champion the cause of witnessing for Christ with humility.
In the same way, the Archbishop, Province of the Niger, Most Reverend Godwin Okpala, has appealed to the Federal Government to be more decisive in tackling the security challenges confronting the nation
The Archbishop made the appeal while addressing newsmen on the essence of Easter celebration which he noted was the source of hope for humanity.
Also, Methodist Arch-bishop of Enugu Diocese Most Reverend Christopher Edeh has advised Nigerians to be selfless and sacrificial in their daily living.
Arch-bishop Edeh gave the advice in a sermon to mark Easter celebration at Wesley Cathedral Church Uwani Enugu.
The Most Reverend Edeh maintained that death and resurrection of Jesus Christ brought redemption to mankind.
Furthermore, the Anglican Archbishop of the Aba Ecclesiastical Province and Bishop of Umuahia Dioceses, Most Reverend Ikechi Nwosu has urged Christians to use the period of Easter celebration to pray for the unity and peace of the country.
Bishop Ikechi made this known in a message to commemorate the Easter celebration in Umuahia.
He enjoined the faithful to always embrace God’s love and commandments as exemplified by Jesus Christ through his death and resurrection.
Our correspondents report that all the Easter services featured praises and thanksgiving while the worshippers rededicated their lives to God.
ADAOBI ANAH, IFESINACHI UGWUEZE, EMMA NWEKE, ALFRED AJAYI, EDITH AJAH & LAWRENCE NWOKEDI