Christians worldwide are celebrating Easter Sunday, a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
It is described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by Romans at Calvary.
According to the gospel of John in the New Testament, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb where Jesus was buried and found it empty, and an angel told her that Jesus had risen.
Easter is the culmination of the passion of Christ, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.
The week before Easter is called holy week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday, commemorating the last supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus.
The Pope has also delivered his traditional Easter message in Rome, with a scathing condemnation of those who fail to help migrants.
Pope Francis said migrants often met “rejection from those who could offer them welcome and assistance”.
He also condemned terrorism as “a blind and brutal violence” that should be fought with “weapons of love”.
Clergymen at the various worship centres in Nigeria, in their various sermons, sued for peaceful coexistence among citizens and emphasised living in love and humility between the rulers and the ruled.
They urged the leaders to embrace the virtues of sacrifice and tolerance in governance, stressing that the welfare of the people should be their priority.