In the spirit of Easter and the Lenten season, President Goodluck Jonathan held a breakfast meeting with members of the Abuja branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in his residence.
The breakfast meeting started with a prayer session led by the Chairman of the association, Reverend Israel Akanji.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the breakfast session, Rev Akanji said that the organized breakfast had been a tradition, describing this as a special one as it comes immediately after Nigeria’s presidential elections.
He also reacted to President Jonathan’s widely celebrated concession of defeat to General Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential election, particularly his phone call to congratulate the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate ahead of INEC’s official declaration.
Rev Akanji said that what President Jonathan had done was great, adding that whoever makes a sacrifice for the good of others will be elevated in due time.
The Reverend also described as heroic, the courage of President Goodluck Jonathan, who accepted the verdict of the election. He described the President’s action as sacrificial.
Christians in the country have been asked to show love, forgiveness and work towards the attainment of peace and development in the country as they mark this year’s Ash Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Lenten season for Orthodox Christians.
The parish priest at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Maitama district of Abuja, Reverend Father Christopher Inegbenoghu asked Nigerians to assist government in combating insecurity.
Christians had gathered at the church in Maitama to reflect on the death and resurrection of Christ.
After a sermon on the need to show love and forgive all irrespective of religion or ethnicity, Christian faithful filed out to receive the ash which commemorates the beginning of a forty-day Lenten period.
Peter Egeolu and Theresa Akpoveta Nakpoberuo, who spoke to Channels Television, said that the period presented them an opportunity to serve humanity and the nation at large.