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Easter Sunday: birth of hope

Easter is the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection from the dead, culminating in his Ascension to the Father.

Christians all over the world celebrate the day he was believed to have risen after being crucified for the sins of the world.

According to the Christian Bible, the death of Jesus Christ was necessary to guarantee the salvation of mankind.

The day was significant as it marks Jesus Christ’s triumph over death and His resurrection means the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him.

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.

Nigerians celebrate Easter Sunday

Senior Pastor, ECWA Church Central Area Abuja, Reverend O.J Dickson in a sermon described Easter as “the most important season in the annals of history”.

He described the work of salvation on the cross as an opportunity affording mankind dominion over the life of sin and a guarantee for eternal

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For Chidiebere Ndukwe, the 2023 Easter celebration was a “mix of emotions for me personally due to the happenings in election”.

“We witnessed yet another form of religious and ethnic bigotry”.

Chidiebere sees the Easter season as an opportunity to truly understand what forgiveness means.

“This event made me to appreciate the more, the sacrifice Christ made by choosing to forgive and even lay down his life for people who betrayed him”, he said.

Calls for patriotism

In an Easter message to Nigerians, President Muhamadu Buhari describing the season said “Easter is about renewed hope and a glorious future”.

The president took the opportunity to call for patriotism among Nigerians, “I urge all Nigerians to continue to be confident and believe strongly in our country for better seasons ahead”.

Other political figures have described the season as an opportunity for Nigerians to imbibe godly virtues that would also be beneficial to the nation.

Writing by Muzha Kucha; Editing by Julian Osamoto