Chris­tians cel­e­brate Easter amidst tight se­cu­rity in Kwara

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin

Kwara State Gover­nor Al­haji Ab­dul­fa­tah Ahmed has en­joined Chris­tians and other Nige­ri­ans to use the Easter sea­son to pray fer­vently for peace and con­tin­ued sta­bil­ity in the coun­try.

The Gover­nor made the call in an Easter mes­sage signed by his Chief Press Sec­re­tary, Al­haji Ab­dul­wa­hab Oba, stress­ing that it was im­per­a­tive for Nige­ri­ans to em­ploy the po­tency of prayers in the quest to tackle vi­o­lence, kid­nap­ping and mur­der which have be­come ram­pant in the coun­try.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that Chris­tians in Kwara State trooped to their var­i­ous wor­ship cen­ters to cel­e­brate the fes­ti­val amidst tight se­cu­rity as most churches, es­pe­cially those in Ilorin were manned by po­lice­men, of­fi­cials of the State Se­cu­rity Ser­vices (SSS) and Civil De­fense Corps.

The wor­ship­pers were also thor­oughly screened be­fore they were al­lowed en­trance.

The gover­nor urged Chris­tians to im­bibe the en­dur­ing lessons of for­give­ness, self­less­ness and per­se­ver­ance that the 40 day Len­ten sea­son, the death and res­ur­rec­tion of Je­sus Christ teach, while wish­ing them and all Nige­ri­ans, a happy cel­e­bra­tion.

“There is no bet­ter time than now for Chris­tians in Nigeria to reded­i­cate them­selves to the ser­vice of God and work to­wards mak­ing the so­ci­ety a bet­ter place in line with the teach­ings of Je­sus Christ,” he said.

Also speak­ing, Chair­man of Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (CAN) in the state, Pro­fes­sor Ti­mothy Opoola, called on Chris­tians to in­ten­sify prayers more peace of the na­tion.

“I also call on po­lit­i­cal lead­ers to en­sure that they make jus­tice and fair­ness more than a mat­ter of slo­gan but a way of life that can in­spire the sup­port of the pop­u­lace and make God to come to our aid”, he added in a state­ment in Ilorin.

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