FCT res­i­dents mark Easter in low key

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Fran­cis Arinze Iloani

There were mixed feel­ings in Abuja on Sun­day as Chris­tians joined other faith­ful across the world in cel­e­brat­ing the Easter, an an­nual feast mark­ing the end of 40 days lent pe­riod and the com­mem­o­ra­tion of death and res­ur­rec­tion of Je­sus Christ as recorded in the Bi­ble.

Un­like the usual fan­fare as­so­ci­ated with the cel­e­bra­tions of this mag­ni­tude, most res­i­dents, who spoke to City News, said they pre­ferred to cel­e­brate in­doors, con­sid­er­ing the re­cent bomb blast at Nyanya Mo­tor Park.

Al­though res­i­dents ex­pressed joy at the res­ur­rec­tion of Christ from death, they said the sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try called for sober re­flec­tion and not an elab­o­rate cel­e­bra­tion.

A res­i­dent of Wumba District of the Abuja Mu­nic­i­pal Area Coun­cil, Jide Kay­ode said, “I wanted to hang out with friends to cel­e­brate it but due to in­se­cu­rity, I de­cided to stay within the neigh­bour­hood.”

Mean­while, the Jabi Lake was not de­void of life as some fun-seek­ers tried to en­joy the cel­e­bra­tion to their sat­is­fac­tion.

“I’m here with my whole fam­ily to catch fun in the spirit of Easter. Since we didn’t travel to the vil­lage, this is a place to have fun,” said a man who iden­ti­fied him­self as Ekene as he boarded a fly­ing boat with his fam­ily to have a tour of the Jabi Lake.

Fun-seek­ers were seen rid­ing bi­cy­cles, horses, dancing and skat­ing.

How­ever, some of the traders there com­plained of low pa­tron­age as was the sit­u­a­tion with Has­san Garba, who rents mats to vis­i­tors to the Lake.

“I’m yet to make half of the amount of money I usu­ally make dur­ing cel­e­bra­tions like this. People are not com­ing as ex­pected,” Garba said in Hausa lan­guage.

The sit­u­a­tion at the Won­der­land Gar­den close to the Na­tional Sta­dium was no dif­fer­ent from that of Jabi Lake.

While many people were seen with their chil­dren en­joy­ing the pub­lic hol­i­day at the gar­den, it was not cramped as ex­pected.

“People are com­ing, but not much,” said an op­er­a­tor of the ar­ti­fi­cial ship at the gar­den.

In the mean­time, the of­fi­ci­at­ing priest, who cel­e­brated Easter Mass at St Theresa’s Catholic Church, Wumba, Rev. Fa­ther Em­manuel Onuma has called on Chris­tians to em­u­late the virtues of the risen Christ which in­cluded self­less­ness and for­give­ness.

He said the res­ur­rec­tion of Je­sus Christ was the tri­pod upon which Chris­tian­ity was built be­cause if Christ did not rise from the dead, there would be no any gospel of sal­va­tion as recorded in the Bi­ble.

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