Bishop, in Imo, asks Christians to emulate Christ’s humility
Decries killing of ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Badeh
The Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Egbu in Imo State, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Enyinnaya Okorafor, has advised Nigerians to emulate the exemplary life of Jesus Christ, such as humility, peace and love, among others as Christians celebrate His birth.
The cleric gave this advice in his Christmas and New Year messages to Christians in particular and Nigerians in general.
Okorafor, who noted that the tiding given by the angels to the shepherds at the birth of Jesus Christ was the message of peace to all men of goodwill, said: “Jesus Christ depicted peace, love and humility in all His earthly ministry, regretting that what Jesus Christ stood for seems to have been corrupted by the world; resulting to killings, armed robbery, kidnapping, hatred, malice, litigations among family members and other vices. Unfortunately, this peace brought by our Lord Jesus Christ has so badly been abused. But in all these, Christians are enjoined to toe the line of peace, love and humility that Jesus Christ brought to the world as we celebrate this year’s Christmas and New Year.
Also, the cleric has condemned the gruesome assassination of the former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Marshal Alex Badeh.
A statement signed by his media aide, George Best Okoroh, at the weekend, said: “The Bishop expressed displeasure at the spate of corruption and killings in the country, lamenting that Nigeria has taken the first position among the terrorist countries in the global community.
“The level of insecurity in the country and the killing of the ex- Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, a four-star general in the army, poses a danger for the country.”
Besides, the Bishop has described 2019 as year of great expectations for Nigerians considering the forthcoming general elections in the country and called on Nigerians to embrace peace as they go to the polls to choose their leaders.
He, therefore, advised politicians not to see the 2019 general elections as a do-or-die affair, saying: “Our message is for all Nigerians to embrace peace in this New Year, and politicians in their various rank and file should not see the forthcoming election as an affair.
“Politicians should accept the results of the 2019 general elections in a free and fair election instead of heading to the courts to seek redress. Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s action is a challenge to all Nigerians. If you lose, let it not be a forum to go to court to seek redress. Nigeria is one country and we must all strive together to make it great.”