AS Christians all over the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Primate, Church of Nigeria, (Anglican Communion) Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, has urged Nigerians to live in unity, adding that by the grace of God and the power of the resurrection, Nigeria will overcome its difficulties.
Okoh, who observed that the way forward for the country is to take the issue of nation-building much more seriously than party politics, stressed the need for the nation’s leaders to be true statesmen and not mere political opportunists.
Also, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has prayed for the peace and blessings of God upon all Nigerians throughout Easter and beyond
In a statement in Abuja, the CAN president noted that Easter is a sacred week in the life of the Church, hence the need for all Christians to undertake self-reflection and make the most of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
He urged all Christians in Nigeria to be calm and pray for God’s intervention in the country and also use the advantages offered by this season, to pray for the nation and do those things that would lead to their salvation.
Archbishop Okoh in an interview with The Guardian in Abuja, said that the power of God will overcome evil and Nigeria will have the victory.
He said, “The problem of insecurity in the country has been with us now for quite some time; it looks like the more we try to solve it, the more it is aggravated and our enemies are unrelenting. But as bad as it is, we live in a world created by God; man is not the absolute and final authority. Even the issue of Boko Haram will be a thing of the past and not too far.”
According to him, “We went through the Biafran war, for the period it lasted, people thought it would not end, but in God’s good grace, it ended… So we are already looking beyond Boko Haram by the power in the resurrection, the victory over the soldiers, the victory over the Roman government, the victory over the Jewish authorities, the victory over principalities and powers which were all colluding and the victory over all forces of evil that we experience in the resurrection is going to be our portion in Nigeria. People will come and begin to make reference to it, and then we can tell them and say “God intervened in our affairs and gave us victory”. So victory over forces of evil is the message of the present day, message of this Easter.”
On the call for amnesty for the member of Boko Haram, Okoh who described such call is immature said, “ What is needed at the moment is for them to come to the table, there is need to identify their leaders. It is important to know the people sponsoring them, then when you are giving amnesty you will know who you are giving amnesty to. But a blind amnesty at this moment will not solve the problem, it is premature.”