By Oluyinka Onigbinde
Christian and political leaders in the country have called on Nigerians to emulate the sacrificial life of Jesus Christ by imbibing the spirit of tolerance, love and peaceful co existence as this is the catalyst for growth and development.
Services were held in different churches and various Church leaders gave thanks to God for the good Lord that allowed peace to reign for Nigerians to celebrate this year’s Easter.
Christians, too, gave thanks to God for the faithfulness of God and His goodness for allowing this year’s Easter celebrations to come to pass despite every threat that loomed.
They stated that economy and social development can only occur in the nation when our leaders emulate the exemplified virtues of selflessness, love and tolerance that Jesus Christ exhibited during his period on earth.
They urged Christians and Muslims across the country to use the season as a period to reflect on their individual and collective roles towards promoting and sustaining that foundation of love, peace and harmony in the nation.
Speaking with Nigerian NewsDirect during the weekend, the General overseer of Covenant Pentecostal Church, Pastor Stephen Olorunsesi, said the whole celebration of this period is centered on love and we as Christians and leaders must emulate in order to ensure that there is peaceful co existence in the country.
According to him, “the whole celebration of this period is centered on love and we as Christians and leaders must emulate this, the bible makes us to understand that why we are yet sinners Christ died for us, he died for us even when we were alienated from the love of the father.
“love is sacrificial and as such our leaders must emulate this as well and be sacrificial, not just towards their own people alone, the interest of the nation must be paramount to them.
“They should stop being ethnocentrically attached to their own people alone, just as we know that Christ came to save us all both the black, the white, the good the bad and the ugly” he said.
Also Speaking with our correspondent, the Zonal Superintendent of Sango Ota Foursquare Gospel Church, Rev Olujide Onigbinde, said leaders must live up to expectations by emulating the lord Jesus Christ who gave his entire life for humanity.
“The Easter period is a time of reflection; a time to remember all that Christ lived for, and taught others to do same.
“As Christians we must emulate the exemplary life of the Lord, we must show love, we must show compassion, living and caring for others.
“our political leaders too must emulate this. Christ never lived for himself, he was everywhere doing good, healing the sick, helping the down trodden giving sight and until he gave himself
“This is a Godly virtue that we all must emulate, remember the central point of this celebration is love, when we love our neighbours as we love our selves, this will strengthen peaceful co existence among all tribes,” he said.
A PDP chieftain in Lagos Chief Ebenezer Babatope opined that the Easter period is a period of reflection to remember all that Christ ever thought and lived for.
In his words, “It should be in the best interest of Nigerians and our leadership to ensure that they emulate the good characteristics of our Lord Jesus Christ; it is in their best interest because the masses are suffering and we must not close our eyes to that factor,
“Barely can an average citizen afford to eat square meal a day, so my advice to political leaders is for them to emulate the characteristics of Jesus Christ, thereby living a godly example that will help every citizen to be in good health and in prosperity.”
“We must therefore see this period as a time that presents us the viable opportunity to think about how we can help to steer our nation back on the road to peace, stability and prosperity, by working in the spirit of togetherness,”
Also speaking from a politicians perspective, an APC leader in Ogun state, Mr. Olamiposi Aina said there is no better time for the country to come together and eschew bitterness along ethnic and religious lines.
He added that no challenge is insurmountable where unity of purpose thrives.