By Our Correspondents
Religious and political leaders yesterday urged Christians to lead what they called the exemplary life of Jesus Christ as they mark this year’s Easter festival.
Kano State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Ransom Bello, in his sermon as part of the service, said the series of persecution Jesus Christ went through before He rose from death, pointed to the fact that the teeming masses of the country who were facing problems would soon see the challenges as forgotten issues.
Also state governors have called on Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, tolerance and patriotism as they mark the Easter ceremony.
Bello said: “Whatever the circumstance Nigerians were presently passing through, it would have a termination very soon, because the highest God has listened to their cry through the Easter being celebrated today”.
In his sermon, Reverend Ebenezer Osadeyi of First Baptist Church said the death of the saviour, Jesus Christ, is a divine intervention to pave way for peace to reign in the country.
“If Jesus Christ could surrender His life, and die for the sins of mankind, and still calling His father to forgive those tormenting His life, how much we for whom He died.”
In Sokoto, Church services were conducted peacefully amid tight security. THISDAY checks revealed that Christians conducted their services in all churches in the state without fear of any attack.
In fact, thousands of worshipers thronged the Catholic Church, Sokoto Diocese, Anglican Church and Cherubim and Seraphim Church along Ahmadu Bello Way Sokoto, to observe the mass.
It was also gathered that soldiers were patrolling some parts of the metropolis to avert any attack.
Also in Kano, armed soldiers and other security agencies guarded places of worship, as dozens of Christians filed inside the Holy places to observe the Easter celebration.
THISDAY observed that in Sabon Gari area of the city, predominantly dominated by Christians and non-natives, men and officers of the Kano Joint Task Force (JTF) were at all entry points.
Pastor Felix Igunbor of the Redeem Church of Christ, Ahmadu Bello Way, Sokoto told THISDAY that the church services went smoothly as expected.
But in her message, the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, urged Nigerians to embrace religious tolerance
She called on Christains to use the opportunity of Easter to reflect on the essence of sacrifice Jesus Christ made on the Cross of Calvary to bring salvation to mankind.
Similarly, Governor Rochas Anayo Okorocha of Imo State, has called on the people of the state and Nigeria to imbibe the spirit of love, tolerance and patriotism.
In a statement by his Senior Special Adviser on Media, Chinedu Offor, Okorocha said love for one another, forgiveness and a renewed commitment to the survival of the nation are the requirements for a more equitable and just society.
His Abia State counterpart, Chief Theodore Orji, said the nation needs God’s intervention, especially as it concerns security. He maintained that peace is very essential in the development of any nation.
In the same vein, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State has called on Christians all over the country to use the Easter period to reflect on the teachings and life of Jesus Christ and pray for the peace and unity of the nation.
Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State also called on Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of the festive period to make sacrifices for the unity and progress of the nation.
Akpabio, in a state wide broadcast, said the life and teachings of Jesus Christ should inspire Nigerians to strive for a world knit together by love and the children judged by the contents of their character and not ethnic or tribal stock.
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