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Olumakaiye, Johnson raise hope of better Nigeria

By Isaac Taiwo, Adelowo Adebumiti and Jesutofunmi Akomolafe
22 April 2019   |   3:27 am
Two Anglican bishops in Lagos admonished Nigerians to have hope in the face of the dwindling economy, insecurity and poor state of infrastructures, among others.In his Easter message, the Rt. Rev. Humphrey Olumakaiye of the Diocese of Lagos.....

Rt. Rev. Dr. Humphrey B. Olumakaiye

Two Anglican bishops in Lagos admonished Nigerians to have hope in the face of the dwindling economy, insecurity and poor state of infrastructures, among others.In his Easter message, the Rt. Rev. Humphrey Olumakaiye of the Diocese of Lagos said Nigerians should believe that the country would be better and that the nation would surmount every challenge.

“Today is significant in the history of Christianity as our salvation is perfected and our hope renewed through the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who we are celebrating.”According to the cleric, “the significance of resurrection stands on the fact that the power of God can turn things around for good as He created us as humans to live with purpose, working toward goals with a sense of anticipation for things to come. It is only the story of Jesus resurrection that gives hope for us as a nation.”

Olumakaiye urged Nigerians to be hopeful, saying hope is a word of optimism and expectation that looks forward to a promising future.He also called on leaders in the country to live a life of sacrifice and love for their fellow country men.

“We expect them to be committed to governance in such a way that will make life better for the masses. I challenge Nigerians to continue in prayers and we will definitely overcome both internal and external forces competing with the glory of this country,” Olumakaiye said.His counterpart in Lagos Mainland Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Akinpelu Johnson, also urged Nigerians to continue to put their trust in God and not give up in any circumstances facing them.

The bishop, who gave the advice yesterday at The Cathedral Church of St. Jude, Ebute-Meta, said “one of the lessons of Easter is that there is hope in every situation of life.” “Too often, we are a bit in a hurry. The Nigerian thing is that sometimes we are not consistent even in business or politics. We formulate policies and before we give it time to work, we have changed it. One of our problems is lack of long-term strategic planning. We try this today and because we don’t see quick result, we abandon it. How many Nigerians want to wait at traffic light?”

Using the biblical Mary Magdalene as an example, the cleric said her love and commitment to Jesus paid off when she refused to followed Peter and John when they visited where Christ was buried until he appeared.Johnson urged Nigerians to continue trusting God and in their circumstances should look up to him.“That does not means that we don’t work, or do what we have to do. We need to play our part and God will play His part,” he said.

He advised Nigerians to have patience and stop looking for quick solution to problems. “Everything is quick, nobody wants to wait, everybody wants instant success. But that is not the path to success. We have to be persistent, we have to work hard at it, and then we pray God will give us the grace and opportunity to accomplish it.”

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