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Easter: Cleric wants Nigerians to pray, make sacrifices

CAN Chairman, Katsina State, Rev. Nelson Onyekachukwu

The Katsina State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Rev. Nelson Onyekachukwu, has urged Nigerians to lead their lives with the fear of God and intensify prayers for an end to the socio-economic challenges facing the country.

He also admonished Christians in the country to imbibe the lessons in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in their lives.

In an interview with Radio Nigeria in Katsina, Rev. Onyekachukwu reflected on the significance of the Lent season which was capped with Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

He noted that “according to the Book of Mathew the Holy Spirit led our Lord Jesus Christ into the wilderness where he spent forty days and forty nights praying and fasting, seeking the face of God, that is what we Christians are also practicing during this period.

“We use the period of Lent to amend our ways, it is a time we seek the face of God over certain issues in our personal lives and also for our nation, and by the grace of God, this year’s Lenten season and Good Friday and Easter Sunday, we dedicated the period to pray for our nation because our nation Nigeria is seriously sick and in need of prayers.”

Rev. Onyekachukwu urged Nigerians to also imbibe the character of sacrifice as an ingredient in nation building, being the primary essence of Easter.

“According to Scripture, Adam sinned, he fell, and because of that man went into sin,  therefore Jesus came to reconcile man back to God, and in that process he had to pass through a lot of pains, and that was what happened on Good Friday, it was the day he suffered, he was beaten, and he was crucified.

“When he died on Friday, he resurrected on Sunday morning, now as Christians we have a lot of lessons to learn from this, we should live a life of humility as Jesus did, we should live a life of godliness”.

The Katsina CAN Chairman who described the security and economic challenges facing the country as a manifestation of God’s wrath, admonished the country’s leaders and followers alike to reconcile with God.

“I have a message for our leaders, both Christian and Muslim leaders, they should lead Nigerians with the fear of God, the fear of God has departed from both leaders and citizens in this country, that is why we are witnessing the security and economic challenges in Nigeria today.

“We now witness a time when we are afraid to travel by road, air, or rail, we are afraid to go to the market, even in our homes we are afraid, that is because we as a people and as a nation have disappointed God.

“I am appealing to all of us, both leaders and citizens, to use this period to reconcile with God, we should come back to God and pray for His grace in solving the challenges we face as a nation”, Onyekachi stressed.

The Christian cleric maintained that a country can only attain peace and prosperity when citizens act with the fear of God and according to His will.

Reporting by Isma’il Adamu, editing by Daniel Adejo.