At Easter, Ohanaeze, PDP urge Nigerians to intensify prayers
Say Country Under Siege
Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said yesterday that the country was under serious siege and urged Nigerians to use the period of Easter to intensify prayers to God for the peace of the country.
President General of the organisation, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, said in his Easter message that Nigerians should not allow the prevailing hardship in the country affect their spirit of love, brotherliness and peaceful co existence.
Nwodo stated that certain prevailing circumstances in various sectors of the economy clearly shows that the people need to commit to more prayers, stressing that the period of Easter is a good opportunity for Christians to pray to God to send succour to alleviate their sufferings.
He urged Nigerians to use this year’s Easter festivities to engender the spirit of oneness and also re-dedicate themselves to the virtues of love, patriotism and unity for the desired national development, saying: “Nigerians Christians must allow the solemnness of the last 40 days of fasting and prayers to influence their thoughts and actions in relating with one another.”
He noted that the Lenten period that just ended offered incalculable lessons in love, humility and forgiveness, which should guide Nigerians’ way of living, irrespective of religion, ethnic and political differences, and help in ushering in a new and adorable era, where bitterness and hatred are absent.
The Ohanaeze leader urged Nigerians to use this period to think reflect at the state of the nation, with a view to finding a lasting solution to the country’s challenges, noting: “Restructuring this country is perhaps the sincere and pragmatic way to address the nation’s socio political and economic challenges and time is ripe for political leaders to embrace it.”
Nwodo reiterated his call in December last year during the Christmas and New Year festivities on Ndigbo to always think home and not to allow the hardship of the last two years affect their thinking about their homeland.
He also urged Ndigbo to show more than passing interest in the socio political developments in the country by ensuring that all eligible voters collect their voter’s card and be ready to use it effectively to pick leaders that would fight for their interests.
He wished Nigerians a happy Easter celebration and prayed for enduring peace in the country.
Similarly, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, urged Nigerians to use the period to reflect on the situation in the country and pray specially for the survival of its democracy.
Secondus lamented that Nigeria’s democracy, more than ever before since 1999, was under heavy stress and needs all hands to be on deck for its survival.
The PDP chief, said in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Ike Abonyi, that Nigeria’s democracy was under pressure and requires only truth and sincerity of purpose from critical stakeholders to survive.