Odedeji, Akintola felicitate with Christians at Easter, urge courage, tolerance
The Bishop of Lagos West, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. James Olusola Odedeji, has urged Nigerians to be of good courage, even as they confront the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his Easter message delivered online yesterday, the bishop assured members of the church, and indeed all Nigerians, that the storm would soon be over.
According to him, “it is particularly appropriate for a time like this when the Coronavirus is sweeping through the entire world; when death is literally walking on all the world; when able-bodied men and women are being locked in their homes in many countries, including ours.”
The cleric, however, enjoined Christians and Nigerians to rejoice because Christ triumphed over death, paid the price on the Cross and made the perfect sacrifice.
He admonished Christians that they should realise that the resurrection is the cornerstone of Christianity.
In the same vein, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has appealed to Christians to forge a common front with their Muslim compatriots in the fight against disease, insecurity, illiteracy, ethnic bigotry and religious extremism, which are the common enemies of humanity.
The group, while felicitating with Christians on the occasion of the Easter season, urged the body of Christ in Nigeria to recall the lessons of forbearance, tolerance and love, which are embedded in Easter.
In a statement signed by its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, the group said: “Today’s events are particularly didactic as the whole of mankind faces a common enemy, viz COVID-19. All the scientists of the world have not been able to come up with a solution to stop the massive deaths. It has defied our atomic and nuclear weapons, killing us in our thousands on a daily basis.”
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