Senate President Calls For Peace At Easter

Senate PresidentThe Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, is asking Christians across the country to use the Easter celebration to pray for sustainable peace and economic growth in the country.

Senator Saraki, in his message to mark the Easter festivities being held in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ by Christians across the world, says that it is imperative for all Nigerians to borrow a leaf from the humility and sacrifice exhibited by Christ when he yielded his life for the redemption of mankind.

The Senate President is also reminding Christians of the need to remain steadfast and always promote religious harmony between and among various groups as a panacea for developing the nation.

Senator Saraki gave the assurance that the National Assembly would continue to make legislation, including the review and amendment of existing ones, to boost security, create conducive business and investment environment and support the fight against corruption.

Christians Celebrate Easter In Southwest Nigeria

Easter - Christians Jesus ChristChristians in southwest Nigeria have joined their counterparts globally to observe the Easter Sunday which is believed to signify the resurrection of Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago.

At the House on the Rock Church in Lagos State visited by Channels Television crew, the entire church was in the mood of thanksgiving with a strong conviction that Jesus Christ has resurrected.

There was also a pleasant side attraction lined up to make the Easter service an unforgettable one as international gospel icon, Don Moen, performed some of his hit tracks.

In his Easter message, the Senior Pastor of the House on the Rock Church, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, urged citizens to adopt a positive approach and good deeds towards the reprieve that has come the way of Nigerians.

In Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, and wife joined other Christians at the St. Peters Cathedral, Ake to be part of the thanksgiving service marking the Easter celebration.

In his Easter note to the populace, the Bishop of Egba Diocese, Bishop Emmanuel Adekunle, admonished Nigerians to continue to have faith in God in the face of the many challenges currently facing the country.

Similarly, Christians in Osun State were not left out of this year’s commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as they all trooped out to their various places of worship.

It was a filled day for choristers and bands at the various worship centers in Oshogbo, the state’s capital, which were packed full with worshippers apparently in joyous mood dancing and singing.

In their various sermons, clergymen at the various worship centres sued for ‎peaceful coexistence among Nigerians and emphasised living in love and humility between the rulers and the ruled.

They urged leaders‎ to embrace the virtues of sacrifice and tolerance in governance, stressing that the welfare of the people should be their priority.

In Edo State, the Bishop of the Benin Catholic Archdiocese, Most Reverend Augustine Akubeze, admonished Christians to see the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the right path to eternal life.

The Edo State Police Command also had a special thanksgiving at the cathedral to commemorate the end of activities for 2016 Nigeria Police Force Week.

Governor Udom Charges Christians To Learn From Jesus’ Sacrifice

Governor UdomAkwa Ibom State Governor has called on Christians to cultivate the virtues of love and reconciliation as taught by Jesus Christ through his crucifixion for the redemption of mankind.

Governor Udom Emmanuel made the remark on Friday at a special Christian service at United Evangelical Church in Uyo to mark Good Friday.

Governor Emmanuel reminded Christians that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation of Christianity, noting that every believer should use the season to show love and forgiveness to another.

He said that through redemption of mankind, believers should be at peace with one another.

In his homily, Reverend Udeme Akpan charged believers to solemnly remember the atonement of Lord Jesus Christ and His great sacrifice on the cross of Calvary.

He urged Christians to use the season to dedicate their lives to being steadfast in their relationship with God and fellow Nigerians.

Prayers were offered for Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria.

The service was attended by top government officials in the state.

Easter 2016: Ajimobi Preaches Hard Work, Patriotism

Ajimobi-Oyo StateThe Oyo State Governor has expressed optimism that the country is capable of scaling the current economic precipice through selflessness, hard work and patriotism by the people, irrespective of social stratification.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi made the statement on Friday in his Easter message on Good Friday.

The Governor said these were the sterling attributes that distinguished Jesus Christ for which his death and resurrection had become an annual celebration among the Christians.

He felicitated with the people of the state, particularly Christians, on the occasion of the 2016 Easter celebration, a period the Governor said was meant for sacrifice and forgiveness as exemplified by the life and times of Jesus Christ.

Harping on hard work, Governor Ajimobi said that no country could survive if its working-age population relies heavily on the government for survival instead of getting actively engaged in profitable ventures to eke out a living.

The Governor urged citizens of the state, particularly those in the public service to be more dedicated and committed to the vision of his administration towards reinventing the state economy through the agriculture value chain.

In the spirit of collective responsibility, Governor Ajimobi said that citizens of the state should make sacrifices and be prepared to embrace and contribute to the programmes, policies and activities of the government as they unfold.

“We can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs. This is the time for us to start breaking the eggs. Without pains, there will be no gains. The Bible even supports this by saying that ‘in all labour there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

“It is also in the Bible that by the sweat of your face, you will eat bread, till you return to the ground; whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.

“The current economic situation does not provide room for laggards and lazy ones. You must sacrifice your time and enjoyment in order for this state and the country to move forward,” he said.

As other states in the country intensify efforts to get out of the mire of poverty, the Governor solicited the support and cooperation of people of the state in the renewed efforts by the government to also regenerate the economy of the state.

“That Oyo State must be made better is not the job of government alone, it is the collective responsibility of all of us to make sure the state is made better and I am so happy that we can now see some of the developments that have taken place in the state.

“Very soon, we are going into agricultural revolution in Oyo State, which I am very sure would make positive impact on the socio economic status of the state. So my message is that all of us must rededicate ourselves to improving the economy of the state.

“It is not only by words of mouth, it is not by sloganeering or going around telling lies and inventing stories, we can only achieve our goal through hard work and dedication. Easter is telling us that whatever we want to achieve in life, we must be committed to it and be prepared to make sacrifice,” the Governor said.

Kukah Condemns Investing Money In Churches

Kukah Condemns Investing Money In ChurchesThe Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has condemned the investment of billions of Naira into the running of nowadays’ churches in Nigeria.

While giving his Christmas message on Friday, Mr Kukah maintained that religion should not be a profit-driven venture.

“The word of God and its living blessings are free. Isaiah said that much when he said ‘come all of you who are thirsty, come to the water and you who have no money, come and eat. Buy wine and milk without money and without cost (Isaiah: 55:1)’,” the clergyman said.

Mr Kukah pointed out that there were times when the Catholic Church was guilty of “simony” – the practice of making profit out of sacred things.

According to him, “That was one of the reasons for Father Martin Luther’s revolt. But, so much has changed now. Prayer for our people is the duty of all ordained ministers, but today, it has become subject to abuse.”

The cleric called on Christians to return to the model of Jesus Christ as they celebrate Christmas, adding that considering the life that Christ lived, it was difficult to understand how Nigerians had come to equate success, prosperity and blessings of God with wealth.

President Buhari Advocates Virtues Of Christ At Christmas

FEC-BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the virtues which Jesus Christ taught in his lifetime.

This is contained in the President’s Christmas message to Nigerians which he signed personally.

The President maintained that a greater manifestation of these will help the nation become a more united and progressive one.

President Buhari also urged Nigerians to remember victims of terrorism, especially Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), insisting that the ultimate objective remains to quickly put an end to insurgency and return the IDPs to their homes.

“The Federal Government will continue to collaborate with state governments and other stakeholders to ease the harsh conditions in IDP camps, while the ultimate objective remains to quickly put an end to insurgency and return the IDPs to their homes.”

President Buhari also used the opportunity to reiterate his administration’s commitment to deliver on the dividends of democracy with a pledge that efforts will be intensified to recover stolen funds and block revenue leakages.

The President ended his message by telling Nigerians to drive carefully during the festive season.

Charleston Shooting: Relatives ‘Forgive’ Suspect In court

charlestonRelatives of some of the nine churchgoers shot dead in South Carolina have addressed the suspected gunman in court saying they have forgiven him.

The suspect, Dylann Roof, who appeared in court in Charleston to face nine murder charges, showed no emotion as relatives of the victims addressed him directly.

One of the victim’s daughter said: “I forgive you,” fighting back tears.

Police are treating the killings at the African-American Church on Wednesday night as a hate crime.

The Justice Department says it is investigating whether it might have been an act of domestic terrorism.

It said in a statement, the shooting was “designed to strike fear and terror into this community”, and the department was considering all possibilities.

On Friday afternoon, the 21-year-old Mr Roof spoke to confirm his name, age and address and said he was unemployed.

According to reports, the Jugde, afterwards, gave relatives of the victims opportunity to speak.

A woman, who identified herself as the daughter of Ethel Lance said: “You took something very precious from me. I will never talk to her ever again.

“I will never be able to hold her again, but I forgive you. And have mercy on your soul”.

Anthony Thompson, a relative of Myra Thompson, told Mr Roof to repent and turn to Jesus Christ.

“I forgive you and my family forgives you,” he said.

Okotie Urges Nigerians To Love Beyond Ethnic Sentiment

okotieA senior pastor of the Household of God Church and a former presidential candidate of FRESH political party, Rev. Chris Okotie, has urged Nigerians to show love beyond ethnic sentiment.

Rev. Okotie made the statement in an Easter message on Sunday.

He urged Christians and Nigerians of other faith to emulate Jesus Christ, whom he said showed his love for mankind when he died and resurrected for all to be saved.

Christians all over the world celebrate Easter to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Chris from the dead and the redemption of mankind, as taught by the faith.

Easter is a day observed on the first Sunday after the “Pascal full moon” or the first full moon of spring following the spring equinox, which constantly falls on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25, according to the Gregorian calendar introduced by Pope Gregory in 1582.

Amosun Preaches Harmony At Easter

amosunThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, joined millions of Christians around the world to observe the Easter season, stressing the need for harmony among Nigerians.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Olufunmilayo Wakama, Governor Amosun stressed the need for harmony in the quest for a new Nigeria, irrespective of ethnic, political and religious affiliations.

He said that “the period is symbolic for us as a nation, having recently elected a new President”.

“As we commemorate the resurrection of Christ, I see a new Nigeria under the leadership of the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari and I urge all well meaning Nigerians to join hands with him to bring about accelerated socio-economic progress,” he said.

The governor urged all Christians and Nigerians to ponder over the supreme sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and take a cue from His selflessness, by eschewing all forms of political, social and religious vices.

Governor Amosun prayed for God’s guidance and blessings for the leadership of Buhari and continuity in Ogun State, as Nigerians go to the polls to choose their representatives in the forthcoming Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections.

Amosun also wished everyone a blessed celebration.

Easter Celebration: Nigerians Asked To Thank God For Successful Elections

Okorocha on Easter CelebrationThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has urged all Nigerians home and in the diaspora to use the period of the Easter celebration to thank God for a peaceful presidential and National Assembly elections.

Governor Okorocha further urged Nigerians to also pray for smooth and peaceful transition of government on May 29.

Speaking to Channels Television at the Government House in Owerri, the Imo State capital in south-east Nigeria, Governor Okorocha said the Easter period which herald the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, should also be an avenue for Nigerians to “reflect on the tenets of sacrifice, patriotism and love for our dear country, as Christ loved the world and sacrificed his life that all may live”.

He also urged all Nigerians to cultivate the spirit of forgiveness and embrace one another, as “no other country can be called ours except Nigeria”.

The Imo State Governor also commended the spirit of maturity and love shown by President Goodluck Jonathan by congratulating the president elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.

Governor Okorocha said, all political leaders in and outside the country should take a cue from the maturity displayed by President Jonathan in order to make the society a better place for all to live and prosper.

He further prayed that God would continue to bless Nigerians, especially Imo people and all patriotic leaders in the country, as they celebrate the Easter.

The Governor also appealed to Nigerians, irrespective of their political, religious or ethnical differences, to come together and support the incoming government, with the President-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari, as the driver.

“The APC led administration will run an all inclusive government, irrespective of where their interest lies during the Presidential campaign,” Governor Okorocha said, expressing optimism that General Buhari’s administration would bring the desired change Nigerians yearn for.

Speaking on his chances at the April 11 governorship polls, Governor Okorocha said he was optimistic that his party would emerge victorious, following his achievements in the lasts three and a half years in the state.

He, however, called on all security operatives, especially the Army and State Security Service (SSS) in the state to carry out their duties and desist from intimidating voters.

Nigerians Observe Good Friday

Good FridayToday is good Friday, a day Christians all over the world commemorate the passion and death on the cross of our lord, Jesus Christ.

Many Christians spend this day in fasting, prayer, and meditation on the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross.

The holiday is observed during holy week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of passover.

It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, or Black Friday.

Good Friday is a widely-instituted legal holiday in many national governments around the world, including in most western countries especially among catholic nations.

Some governments have laws prohibiting certain acts that are seen as profaning the solemn nature of the day.

Here in Nigeria as in some countries, Christians particularly the Catholics embark on a special Good Friday processions as a re-enactment of the crucifixion of our lord Jesus Christ.

Jerusalem Good Friday

Meanwhile in Jerusalem’s old city, Christian pilgrims and local worshippers have gathered at the church of the holy sepulchre.

Followers of the Christian faith believe the church stands on the site of Christ’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

It marks the last five stations of the cross on the Via Dolorosa, which is walked by pilgrims who arrive from all over the world to take part in Good Friday processions.

Yero, El-Rufai Preach Peace, Love At Christmas

YeroAs Christians all over the world celebrate Christmas, Governor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State has called on the entire Christian community in the State to use the season in praying for peaceful conduct of next year’s general elections which is critical to sustaining peace and harmony not only in the state but Nigeria at large.

In a goodwill message signed by his spokesman, Mr Ahmed Maiyaki, to mark the Yuletide, the Governor called on the entire citizens, especially Christians to use the period for sober reflection on the message of peace, love and salvation to mankind through the birth of Jesus Christ.

The Governor said: “As a holy period when Christians all over the World mark the birth of Jesus Christ, it is imperative to reflect on the basic tenets of Christianity anchored on peace, love and unity of the whole mankind”.

The Governor also called for prayers for immediate end to the current insurgency going on in some parts of Nigeria while urging adherents of the two main religions to continue to live in harmony.

He called on youths to desist from acts detrimental to peace during the Christmas celebrations and after and assured the residents of Kaduna State of adequate security arrangements to ensure a hitch free Yuletide.

Also, the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress in the State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, congratulated Christians all over Nigeria on the occasion of Christmas.

El-Rufai noted that Christmas was not only a time for celebration, but a period for sober reflection and stock-taking of God’s blessings as Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

He, therefore, called on all Christians and the entire people of Kaduna State to be committed to religious harmony, peaceful living and understanding of one another as it had been.

While soliciting for continued prayers, advice and untiring support in respect of his candidature, El-Rufai called on the people of the State to come out en masse and collect their Permanent Voters’ Cards and also register during the forth-coming voter registration exercise to enable them vote for credible leaders in the 2015 general elections.