Easter: Onaiyekan charge Christians to remain holy at all times
*Remain committed to Christ – Opoola, Awotuyi
Bishop of the Abuja diocese of the Catholic Church, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, has called on the people to keep themselves holy at all times as symbols of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in Easter while in Ilorin, similar calls were made to faithfuls who went on procession round the nation’s cities.
Parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Catholic Church, Garki, Abuja on Sunday took to the street along with the bishop of the diocese, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, to mark the begging of the holy week.
All the parishioners have in their hands a palm frond, reciting different glorious songs as they march with Cardinal Onaiyekan round the streets of Abuja.
“Palm Sunday marks the begging of the Holy week. We should keep ourselves holy as we await the day of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in ‘Easter’” Onaiyekan said.
In Ilorin, Christians faithfuls commenced the procession at exactly five minute to nine o’clock in the morning from the Saint Barnabas Cathedral, Sabo-Oke and lasted more than three hours.
The procession passed through Maraba, Amilegbe, Ipata, Opo-Malu, part of Emir’s road, Taiwo Isale, Unity, Murtala road and terminated at the starting point.
Another team of worshippers started their procession at the Baptist church in the Surulere area through the State General Hospital, Upper Taiwo road and linked up with the others at Unity road.
Addressing the participants, the Chairman of the Kwara State Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Evangelist Timothy Opoola, called on Christians to reflect on their lives and be determined and more committed to serve Jesus Christ.
Evangelist Opoola who is a Professor of Mathematics urged them to show love to others as a demonstration of the love of Jesus Christ.
The CAN Chairman charged the Federal Government to address the security challenges affecting the nation particularly the killing of innocent souls.
Also speaking, Special Apostle John Awotuyi implored Christians to emulate the exemplary life of Jesus Christ.
Special Apostle Awotuyi who is of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church, Ilorin District Headquarters advised Christians to embrace peace as portrayed by Jesus Christ to ensure the development and progress of the State and the nation in general.
Reverend Cornelius Fawenu commended the peaceful conduct of the exercise urging the people to leave a worthy legacy for others to emulate.
The Chairperson of the State Women Wing of CAN, Prophetess Bosede Adimubia called on Christians to take care of the less privileged.
Prophetess Adimubia implored them to be prayerful particularly for the State and the nation for peace to continue to reign in the Land.
Most Senior Apostle Michael Alabi described Jesus Christ as the Prince of peace calling on Christians to be humble in every of their conducts in life.
Reverend Joseph Agboluaje noted that the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem marks Him as the King of kings and the Saviour of the world.
Reverend Agboluaje admonished Christians to live life of Christ in this ungodly generation. Pastor Taiye Aransiola urged Christians to make themselves available for the service of God. The celebration continued with the observation of passion week, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.