Ministers, Ademowo preach sacrifice, hope, love at Easter

Ihedioha calls for prayers

THE Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, has called on the residents of the territory to spread the gospel of love, sacrifice, tolerance and peaceful co-existence as the world celebrates this year’s Easter.

Mohammed congratulated the residents, particularly the Christians, on this auspicious occasion and noted that the celebration calls for sober reflection, as well as emulating the exemplary life of Jesus Christ.

The minister charged residents of the Federal Capital Territory to rededicate themselves to the service of God and humanity to make the world a better place than we met it.

In his Good Friday message, the Dean Emeritus and Bishop of Lagos Diocese, Anglican Communion, The Most Rev. Adebola Ademowo, admonished Nigerian leaders and the led to repent, strip themselves of all evil and work together to tackle problems plaguing the nation and threatening its peace and unity.

“The recurring kidnapping has taken a new dimension. Expatriates are being kidnapped and killed gruesomely. There is wanton destruction of lives and property, innocent Nigerians are being killed in tens and hundreds almost on a daily basis. This nation must repent, our leaders need to change. Everyone must change and attach value to life.”

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According to him, “a nation where leaders exhibit greed and avarice with pride and impunity is totally condemned. Those who have plundered our national wealth and converted it to personal use are being pardoned and now walk freely the streets of our cities. This indicates the level of the decay.

“There is no better time to call on all leaders at all levels of governance to imbibe the spirit of selflessness demonstrated by our Lord and Redeemer when He gave His life for all, paid the supreme price and offered the most acceptable sacrifice for the sin of mankind.”

Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory, Olajumoke Akinjide, urged Nigerians to remain steadfast in praying for the country and the leaders.

The minister, in her Easter message, advised Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the service of God, the nation and humanity.

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“Easter is all about sacrifice, hope, love and peace. Our Lord Jesus Christ gave His life a ransom for us. Let this spirit of selflessness that was in Christ spur us to greater love for one another and renew our faith in our nation”.

Also, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, has called on all Nigerians to remain steadfast in their prayers for the unity, peace and progress of the country.

The Deputy Speaker also expressed optimism that challenges facing the country will give way to breakthroughs in several facets of national life when Nigerians do not relent in prayers, hard work, diligence and patriotic contributions to nation-building.

Mohammed expressed gratitude to God for “the privilege and mercy He has granted us in FCT to join other Christians around the globe to commemorate this providential day in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.”

He used the occasion to appeal to all residents of the Federal Capital Territory to continue to be their brothers’ keepers, irrespective of our religious beliefs.

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Specifically, the minister enjoined residents to continue to supplicate to God for peace and prosperity to reign in Nigeria, especially with the current security challenges besetting the country.

“Christians and all Nigerians should use this Easter period to pray for the sustenance of Nigeria’s unity. We also need to rededicate ourselves to the service of God and mankind in line with the examples set by Jesus Christ,” Akinjide counseled.

Ihedioha said the spirit of the risen Christ, which the season symbolises, should be imbibed by Christians in their devotion to God Almighty.

According to him, the victory over death secured by the resurrection of Jesus Christ remains a motivating force that should energise all Christians to overcome challenges in their personal and public lives.

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