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Olumakaiye, Pirisola urge prayers, hopeful of better Nigeria

By Felix Kuye
16 April 2022   |   4:02 am
The Archbishop, Anglican Ecclessiastical Province of Lagos, Diocesan Bishop of Lagos and Chief Missioner, The Most Rev. Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye admonished Nigerians in position of authority to take a cue from Jesus Christ...

Rt. Rev. Dr. Humphrey B. Olumakaiye

The Archbishop, Anglican Ecclessiastical Province of Lagos, Diocesan Bishop of Lagos and Chief Missioner, The Most Rev. Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye admonished Nigerians in position of authority to take a cue from Jesus Christ and promote the well being of the majority instead of continuously trampling on them.

In his Easter message, the cleric said it was unbelievable that a people that are conscious of God’s grace upon them would allow students of universities to be at home and be idle for as long as the ASUU strike has lasted thereby exposing them to a life of crime and possible destruction.

“One wonders that perhaps the situation has been allowed to fester because the children of most of those in authority are not affected. Christ in Easter made other peoples’ problem to become his problem because of his empathetic nature. We call upon all our leaders to borrow a leaf from this and do likewise,” he said.

On the state of the nation, Olumakaiye said: “Many things have happened and are still happening all over the world even in our nation, ranging from banditry to kidnapping, insurgency, rituals, violence (domestic, regional and global), financial meltdown, economic downturn, inherent power tussle amongst the political class as the election year approaches and so on. All these unpalatable events have thrown the nation into a gory state whereby lives are not safe, not to talk of properties. In all of these scenarios, we can still boldly and triumphantly say that we are more than conqueror.

“Does it not surprise you as a person, how you have been able to survive these hard times, or are you tempted to think that it was because you were smart?

It is not that you were smart. We can also ask, passing through all these, is there hope? Yes, there is hope for our nation through our resurrected Jesus Christ and saviour. In all of these, we are encouraged that there is hope of a better tomorrow through the power of the resurrection.”

Bishop of the Anglican Diocese On The Coast, Okitipupa Local Government, Ondo State, Rt. Rev Oluseyi Pirisola said Nigerians must not relent in their prayers for the nation, and should make more sacrifices for survival of their fellow citizens who are languishing in poverty, suffering one disease or the other, displaced by insurgency and banditry, and other unpleasant situations.

“Truly, this time is a tough one for many Nigerians, but our hope is high that the power of resurrection will save our nation and return it to a glorious time. We urge the Federal Government to do everything to stop the killing of innocent Nigerians across the country, particularly in the northern zones; create employment opportunities for the teeming jobless youths to prevent them from indulging in criminal activities and to take practical steps to revive the economy,” Pirisola said in his Easter message.

According to the cleric, a situation where Nigerians live in constant fear of either being killed, kidnapped or attacked by criminals, is not only unhealthy for the citizens but also for the national economy that is in dire need of direct foreign investments to grow and provide employment for the teeming graduates now roaming the streets jobless.

“Security of life and property is one thing that government should never fail to provide. If we fail in this, a lot of things will also fail with it. We must not cease in our prayers for God to save this country and make it a secure and comfortable place for all of us to live in and achieve our life ambitions,” Pirisola said.