Christians celebrate Easter amidst tight security in Kwara
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.