Easter: Clerics task christians on peace, prayers
By Mary Agidi
As the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are being celebrated worldwide, Nigerian christians have been charged to sacrifice for others and always pray for Nigeria.
In their separate Easter messages, the Ondo State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), Rev. John Ayo-Oladapo and the Founder of Christ Apostolic Church, Ori-Oke Adanimogo, Prophet Sam Olu Alo both charged christians to demonstrate the significance of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ through love, peace and intercessions for the country.
Oladapo in his goodwill message described the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for mankind and urged christians to exhibit brotherly love, forgiveness and peace at Easter.
“The crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus work out our redemption from curse and eternal death, but give us victory forever in Christ Jesus.
“The death of Christ is a great sacrifice for mankind. It is therefore expected that every believer in Christ Jesus should sacrifice for others,” he said.
The CAN chairman further enjoined christians to remember the less privileged in their environments and also pray for the development of Ondo State and Nigeria.
He also felicitated with the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, for the Easter celebration and for creating enabling environment for peace in the State as well as for all the good works his administration has put in place in the state.
Oladapo however pleaded with the government to kindly provide maximum security for lives and property of the people of the state irrespective of tribe, religion or political divide.
On his part, Prophet Olu Alo noted that many christians are contributing to the collapse of evangelism and further nailing Jesus to the cross through their attitudes.
According to him, christians are not showing the glory of God, as they revered their Pastors and Prophets more than God.
He admonished Nigerians to always intercede for the country like the Americans.
Preaching on Mathew 28, Alo emphasised the need for women to arise for the rescue of the country as women rose to check the tomb to see if Jesus had resurrected, noting that Nigeria may experience turn-around if women take over from men like Deborah in the Bible.
He lamented the vices that are bedeviling the church and enjoined christians to propagate the gospel of Christ through their lifestyles.