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Easter Celebration: Cleric Urges Youths To Eschew Violence, embrace peace

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By Amuche Agbo, Abakaliki

Bishop Monday Nkwegu of the Anglican Communion has enjoined Nigerians to eschew evil and embrace peace in the spirit of Easter.

Nkwegu, speaking with newsmen in Abakaliki in the commemoration of Easter festivity
said Jesus triumphed over his traducers because he committed everything into God’s hands.

The cleric advised Nigerians to emulate Christ and submit all their supplications to him.

He urged Nigerians to talk to God and commit everything into his hands for the country to take its rightful place in the comity of nations.

According to him, Nigerians would triumph because Jesus will take control of the affairs of the country.

He said the trial of Jesus Christ on the good Friday in the cross of calvary is the revelation of the truth, justice and mercy.

Similarly, Reverend Joseph of Nigeria Reformed Church, affirmed that Jesus Christ is the only hope for mankind.

Nwibo stated that God created man in his own image, with the hope of serving Him, but it is a pity that men fell short of the Glory of God, by transgressing against Him.

“But Glory be to God that has shown mercy unto the whole world, by giving us his only begotten Son, that whosoever believed in him will not perish but have everlasting life.

“If anyone be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things have passed away, they have become new,”

“Easter means that Jesus had died and resurrected from the tomb, his resurrection calls celebration especially those who understand the efficacy of death. In this time we need to love ourselves as we are celebrating, mostly the less privileged ones, visiting the sick, orphans among others as a means of salvation” he said

Reverend Nwibo explained that Easter is the time Jesus resurrected from death as a sign of victory over sin, Satan and hell.

He noted that the resurrection of Jesus Christ symbolized that God has accepted his sacrifice on the cross of calvary for the redemption of those who believed in him and urged youths to shun indulging into act capable of jeopardizing their future in the course of the celebration as easter is the time of sobber reflection and not time of problem.

In his speech, Reverend Onele Augstine of Assembles of God Abakaliki, charged Christians to move closer to Christ and turn a leaf in him, by genuinely repenting of their sins, so that the death and resurrection of Christ on the cross, would not be in futility while urging Nigerians to utilise this period to pray for national security, embrace peaceful coexistence across the country and eschew evil, adding the celebration is aimed to appreciate Jesus for the victory he won in the cross of calvary.

Also in their speech, Rev. Oroku Edet Ikebe, the calabar district superintendent and Rev. Augustine Nwonumaru the presbyter Assembles of God Abakaliki called on Christians all over the world to live a resurrected life, entrusted their faith in God and love one another so as to attract the blessings of God.

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