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By Isaac Taiwo and Benjamin Alade
25 December 2019   |   3:33 am
The Missioner, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Bishop Humphrey Olumakaiye, has called on Nigerians to embrace peace as the world celebrates Christmas.

Rt. Rev. Dr. Humphrey B. Olumakaiye

The Missioner, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Bishop Humphrey Olumakaiye, has called on Nigerians to embrace peace as the world celebrates Christmas.

In his Christmas message, the bishop of Lagos Diocese described Christmas as a “unique season that brings us to the consciousness of the peace that Christ brought to us as individuals, family and nation, reminding us how Christ brought us out of darkness into his marvelous light.

“When we look within as a nation, we see continual raids and attacks, loss of lives and many things looking so unsettled, while a lot of people starve, among others.”

But according to him, all hopes were not lost because “God, knowing all these, has given us his only begotten Son to restore peace to the world, and what is left for us is to embrace the love of God by embracing Christ into our lives and peace will reign in our nation.”

Similarly, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Martins, called on Christians to remember those in captivity, as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

In his Christmas message, the bishop lamented the fate of Leah Sharibu in the hands of her Boko Haram abductors for over two years, adding that her continued incarceration would remain a sore point in the celebration of Christmas.

Urging well-meaning Nigerians to remember the young Christian girl and others in captivity in their prayers, he implored President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfil his promise of effecting the release of Miss Sharibu as soon as possible.

“It is very sad that Leah Sharibu is still in captivity for over two years, for the single reason that she refused to jettison her Christian faith. It is a thing of pain, not only for her parents, but also for other people, especially because of the values she represents, which include loyalty to her faith, dependability, focus and maturity,” Martins said.

Also delivering his Christmas message, Revd. Michael Dare of First African Church Mission called on Nigerians to realise that “Nigeria is our nation and we do not have any other nation. Therefore, we need to salvage this country and remain here. We should work together for the peace of the country. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, remains the Prince of Peace. Anywhere there is no peace and we call on him, he will make peace to reign.”

He also urged Christians to pray for the leaders, while those in authority should know that one day, they would give account of themselves to God.

“I beg them to always remember the masses because they are not there for themselves alone and their families,” he said.