Easter Celebration: Clerics Task Nigerians On Good Virtues

Nicholas-OkohThe Primate of the Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, is asking Nigerians to imbibe Jesus Christ’s sense of self-sacrifice by putting the interest of the nation above personal and narrow interests.

Speaking to Channels Television at the Cathedral Church of Advent in Abuja, Reverend Okoh said that Easter serves as a reminder that there is hope for Nigeria despite the challenges facing the country.

He added that the challenge to Nigerians at Easter, was for everyone to rally round and build the nation.

In Borno State, Christians in Maiduguri joined the rest of the world to celebrate Easter in remembrance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Worshippers at the St. Patrick Church of the Maiduguri Catholic Diocese were in high spirits during the Easter service, marking the end of this year’s Lenten season.

A Deacon of the church, Anona Augustine, advised the congregation to imbibe the lessons of Easter and live exemplary lives, especially now that the country is facing difficult times.

Also at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp set up by the Christian Association of Nigeria in the state, the Easter Sunday was observed like every other day.

One of the IDPs, Martha Musa, said: “God has been providing for us and he has been blessing us in many ways. Even this Easter food items were donated to us and we are most grateful”.

Also in his remark, the camp leader, John Ali, added: “Easter reminds us to keep faith knowing that whoever dies in Christ would rise again like Jesus did. Today, we were asked to do good works and imitate the life Jesus Christ lived and to love each other obeying all commandments”.

Although, there were no processions to mark the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on the streets as demonstrated in other states, Christian faithful in Jos, Plateau State had the opportunity of witnessing the demonstration of the crucifixion at some of the churches where the Passion of Christ was demonstrated to the congregation.

 

Police In Nigeria Partner Foreign Nations To Check Kidnapping

Community Policing-policeThe Nigeria Police Force has announced partnership with the United Kingdom, China, Italy and the United States of America to address the challenges of kidnapping and other organised crimes.

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, said some police officers were currently undergoing relevant training in these countries to learn about the dynamics of modern organised crimes.

The Police Chief announced the partnership at a meeting with Police Commissioners in Abuja held to evaluate recent trends of criminality in Nigeria, with a view to finding solution to them.

The meeting is coming on the heels of a call on the government by the Primate of the Anglican Communion to treat the rising cases of kidnapping as a national emergency.

On Monday, Nigeria and Italy signed an agreement on intelligence sharing, capacity building and provision of logistics that would enhance the operations of the Force.

The signing of the agreement was witnessed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Italian Prime Minister, Mr Matteo Renzi, in the State House in Abuja on Monday.