A former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon has urged Christians in the country to be pro-active in building a better Nigeria.
Speaking at a Christian gathering in Ondo state, Mr Gowon said he has been reflecting on the current political occurrences in the country but believes the situation can be changed for the better.
Mr Gowon who addressed the 11th synod of the Anglican diocese of Owo in Ondo state, challenged Christians to speak to God about the worrisome situation in the polity.
“I want to believe that inspite of the gloomy situation made manifest by the escalating security and political challenges in our nation the church in Nigeria, given its spiritual and human resources, occupies a strategic position aimed at the re-making of Nigeria,” adding that “it was not too late to re-order the country.”
The former head of state and the governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Mimiko, were both honoured for their meritorious service to humanity by the Bishop of Owo dioceses of the Anglican Church, Reverend James Oladuntoye.
The Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Nicholas Okoh has condemned the emergence of the ‘get rich quick’ sermon that is the rave of most Pentecostal Churches in the country.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, View From The Top, Mr Okoh said this was not the foundation that was laid by the missionaries who introduce Christianity in Nigeria.
He described as half-truth these sermons by pastors whose aim is for their personal advancement and enrichment.
The Primate said, “It’s not part of the way we started, it was not part of what the missionaries delivered to us, but all of a sudden the teachings on ‘if you follow me you will become wealthy’, ‘If you follow me within six months, you don’t have a Mercedes, then that is not my God’ ‘You either change the church or the church will change you’ something like that.
“At best this is half-truth, in the sense that it is true that God is the owner of everything, God is the owner of the universe, the oil we are harvesting in Nigeria and selling internationally market everywhere and making billions out of it is God’s property so God is rich, stupendously rich so his children are rich also, we are princes, we are princesses, but that does not mean there are no moral underpinnings, everything is ok and people can even steal and do thanksgiving you know is not right”
He said, “so I think that to counter this kind of thing, religious preachers and teachers must preach what is noble, what is helpful, what can build a being, what is realistic, what is biblically acceptable.”
The Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, on Friday called on Nigerians to reflect deeply on the life of Jesus Christ, who sacrificed all to redeem mankind.
The governor in an Easter Message asserted that it is only through selfless service and sacrifice to the fatherland can Nigeria attain the desired socio-political and economic progress.
“As the Lenten season ends to usher in Easter, let me remind you that we share a holy hunger for clarity about what is good and life-giving, and we yearn to re-focus on what is most central and important to move this country forward”, Imoke said.
While urging Christians to use the Easter celebration which he noted is victory of light and life over darkness and death to cultivate the spirit of compassion and forgiveness, said only these virtues can help in the building of a strong, virile, indivisible and cohesive Nigeria.
He further urged Nigerians to embrace God’s ever-new life with “every cell of our being, every yearning of our soul, and every muscle of our will.”
Imoke added that for there to be a testimony, there must be trials and tribulations, while reaffirming the resolve of his administration to the development of infrastructure and human capacity in the state.