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.

Amosun Preaches Religious Tolerance In Easter Message

amosun_waveIn the spirit and the mood of the occasion of the Easter celebration, Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has enjoined Nigerians to always resolve their religious differences amicably rather than resort to violence.

The Governor, who stated this in his Easter message, noted the triumph of Jesus Christ over death through His resurrection, adding that people of all faiths should emulate the selfless sacrifice of Christ, as well as the peace he preached in spite of the challenges confronting the nation.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Funmi Wakama, Amosun said that Easter is an important event in the Christian calendar, which teaches lessons on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“We must not allow the lessons of the season be lost on us. All faiths must preach peaceful evangelisation, by so doing, we will be able to tolerate one another and live in peace and harmony”, he said.

The Governor also condemned the spate of violence in some parts of the country and called on all Nigerians to eschew violence in the spirit of the season.

“We must find other means of expressing our grievances rather than allowing such to fester, he stated, adding that “As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, let us turn our religious diversity into an advantage and continue to live in peace and harmony.”

He promised citizens of Ogun State more dividends of democracy and wished the Christian faithful a happy celebration.