AAs the Christian world celebrates Chri8st’s victory on the cross of Calvary, Christian leaders in Nigeria have assured believers faithful to rejoice, in spite of the insecurity, oppression and suppression that Christians are subjected to in today’s Nigeria.
Giving their Easter messages in separate interviews with Sunday Telegraph, heads of major denominations also called on the nation’s leaders to demonstrate the fear of God pointing out that the redemption Christ perfected on the cross and his resurrection is not only for the people of God but for the nation in general.
The servants of God also charged the leaders always consult Him on the affairs of the Nigerian nation in the interest of all. Below are some of the messages:
Leaders should be upright in dealing with humanity -Prelate Kanu Uche (o Methodist)
Easter Marks victory for us; victory over sin, victory over Satan and victory over death; it assures of eternal life because Jesus resurrected and he is alive all of us will live even after we die we shall live.
Secondly, truth will always survive, falsehood will always die a natural death because Jesus Christ was falsely accused and killed. Sin will never have a stand in the scheme of things; righteousness will always exalt a nation.
They maliciously and diabolically crucified the savior but God vindicated him. Another thing is that light will always overwhelm darkness.
Darkness has no part, so those who are in leadership position and those who are led should maintain an upright stance in dealing with humanity, in dealing with everybody because eventually anybody who goes to equity must go with clean hands. Jesus was vindicated by God and so will anybody who is upright be vindicate at the long run.
It is not how you started a thing that matters but you ended it. If you start well continue well and end well. Don’t manipulate, don’t distort, don’t do anything wicked continue to do right.
If you are given a public trust; hold it with integrity, hold it diligently, hold it tenaciously, hold it uprightly, hold it resourcefully and pain-stakenly. Manage it with all mount of faith and diligence because that is what matters.
Another thing is that we should all be willing to make sacrifices because Jesus Christ did not die for the sin he committed he died for the sins of the whole world and whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life, The prize we have eternal life, unmerited give just given to us freely.
Demonstrate fear of God, consult Him on national affairs – Most Rev. Dr. E. Adebola Ademowo (Anglican)
Beloved, between lent and Good Friday our Lord Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, fought against the wild beasts which threatened to destroy His flock. In the fight, it seemed He was overcome by them when He died on the cross and was buried in the tomb. His enemies must have rubbed their hands together in satisfaction because the disturber of their conscience was at last silenced.
But Glory be to God, on Easter Sunday, we rejoice in the restoration of life which the Good Shepherd gave for the sheep. The song “Christ lives!” as since sounded from millions of voices all over the Christian world. The sheep has not been deprived of their shepherd. He is risen from the dead. The lamb that was slain now carries the banner of victory. Easter spells victory over sin and death.
It reminds us that when man’s outlook was dark and his eternal future a tragedy, God stepped in, removed the insufferable strain and pacified the hateful enmity between man and God, in other to establish not a temporary armistice, but an everlasting reconciliation. It is very clear, crystal clear, that no accomplishment of ours, no achievement, can ever rival the victory of Easter.
Therefore, today and each Eastertide we celebrate the fact and the future that is, the fact of resurrection and our future as sharers in the victory. People of God, we need this victory, especially when we view the long history of the wayward children of men.
The insecurity within and without, oppression and suppression in different shades, forms and colours, particularly in Nigeria today, a nation that has been scarred by conflict and stained with innocent blood. We cannot but yearn for the Easter certainty with groaning which cannot be uttered. Easter spells it out that death is not the end. We need this assurance that as we have “being killed” every day, that “our death” daily is not the end, but the beginning of a new life that will dawn pretty soon.
The disciples of old had a similar dilemma that is confronting us today. They love the past, they did not believe in the present and they dreaded the future. The resurrection of Jesus Christ made the difference to them and it should also make the difference in our lives. Because He lives, we can face the tomorrow. We too have a future, a glorious future for that matter.
A dead saviour means nothing to us now or instead, the atonement He made was a full, perfect and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world. Though He was a victim, He was also the Victor, which proved that the atonement he made was acceptable, complete and perfect.
Christ’s resurrection is the model and source of our future resurrection because “Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep” 1Cor.15:20-22. Christ resurrection is our resurrection. It brings redemption not only to the people of God, but to the entire order of creation. Jesus has given us the power of resurrection to revive anything that is dead in our Lives, Homes, Churches, Institutions, Nation and the World in general. It is time for our leaders to demonstrate the fear of God and consult Him on the affairs of the nation.
The Economic situation of this country still calls for concern and we make this passionate appeal to the government to look critically and decisively into our economy, we believe things can be done better than they are now.
The injection of $370.9 million into the inter-bank Forex mart in the last week of February led to a rally by the battered national currency and raised hopes of better days ahead firming it up and on a sustainable basis is the major task ahead for the CBN and the federal economic team. Naira’s rally has come as a soothing, balm to the harried business community and Nigerians confronted with rising costs and general economic adversity. A fourday streak saw the naira exchanging at N455 to the US$1 at the parallel market on March 8, down from the alarming N535 to the dollar in February ending.
The federal government needs to work closely with the CBN to raise reserves whose recent rise to $31 billion provided the muscle to defend the naira.
But this should be temporary. Apart from planned new foreign currency-denominated bond flotation and asset sales, the government should heed long standing advice to privatize and liberate the steel, downstream oil and gas and railway sectors to draw in foreign direct investment, boost exports and reduce the huge import bill. Higher import duties should be imposed on luxury items and some food, cosmetics and household products to protect and boost domestic production and create jobs.
God has not forsaken Nigerian –Archbishop Adewale Martins, (Catholic)
“If Christ has not been raised, then empty is our preaching; empty, too, is your faith.” (1 Cor 15:14) On the economic hardship plaguing the nation, I have noted with dismay that so many people are already losing hope, but suicide is and will never be a sound escape route from the present economic hardship. ‘I have read about people jumping into the lagoon to commit suicide. This is very unfortunate.
We must not allow the devil to speak words of despair into our minds and hearts such that we lose hope. No one has the right to end his or her life.
All life belongs to God. If you commit suicide you are only compounding issues; you selfishly inflict pain and hardship on the people left behind, you also will have to give an account to God
who created you’. ‘One the one hand, the hardship in our country should make every one of us show more empathy for those in any sort of need, psychological, emotional or material.
When we assist one another, I believe we will collectively surmount these trying times,” he advised.
On the other hand, the growing rate of suicide should also make our government to hasten up on the economic recovery plan.
The hardship in the country is beyond imagination and we see it every day. While the plan is being put in place, government needs to provide more palliative measures that would cushion the effects of the hardship.
All the moneys being recovered and returned should be utilised to make life more bearable for the common man’ May God bless our country Nigeria.
Let’s rededicate ourselves to alleviating suffering of people – Rev Dr. Jeremiah Gado (ECWA)
Easter is the time we celebrate the suffering, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
That is what sets Christianity apart, and that is what gives us hope that all those who believe in Jesus Christ when they die they will live again. But Easter period is the period we lend ourselves to suffering; we set ourselves to be like Jesus just like Apostle Paul said.
So it is a period we rededicate ourselves to the course of the gospel; suffering is part of Christianity.
Jesus Himself went through the same suffering; 1Peter 4:1,2 it says “Christ suffered in the flesh we should arm ourselves;” and Paul said in Philippians 3:10: “That I may know him and the power of his resurrection becoming like him even in suffering;” So Easter is when we remember those who are suffering and we rededicate ourselves to alleviating the suffering of people.