Posted by News Express | 31 March 2018 | 1,768 times
The President General of the umbrella Igbo organisation, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, has urged Nigerians, particularly Ndigbo, to use this period of Easter to intensify their prayers for peace in the country
Nwodo said in an Easter message released on Saturday that Nigerians should not allow the prevailing hardship in the country affect their spirit of love, brotherliness and peaceful co-existence.
The Ohanaeze boss said that the country is clearly under siege from all corners and said that the period of Easter provides good opportunity for Nigerians to pray more to God to send succor to alleviate their sufferings.
Nwodo urged Nigerians to use this year’s Easter festivities to engender the spirit of oneness and also re-dedicate themselves to the virtues of love, patriotism and unity for the desired national development.
“Nigerians Christians,” he said, “must allow the solemnness of the last 40 days of fasting and prayers to influence their thoughts and actions in relating with one another.”
Nwodo noted that the Lenten period that just ended offered incalculable lessons in love, humility and forgiveness which should guide our way of living irrespective of religion, ethnic and political differences and help in ushering in a new and adorable era where bitterness, hatred is absent.
The Ohanaeze leader urged Nigerians to use this period to think deeply at the state of the nation with a view to finding a lasting solution to the country’s challenges.
“Restructuring this country is perhaps the sincere and pragmatic way to address the nation'’s socio political and economic challenges and time is ripe for political leaders to embrace it,” Nwodo said.
He reiterated his call last December during the Christmas and New Year festivities on Ndigbo to always think home and not to allow the hardship occasioned of the last two years affect them in thinking about their homeland.
The Ohanaeze President General said that the deliberate exorbitant tax in some states in the country is targeted at Ndigbo to cut their savings and discourage their “Aku rue uno” policy but he urged them not to be dissuaded because nowhere is their wealth more secure than home.
Nwodo also urged Ndigbo to show more than passing interest in the socio political development in the country by ensuring that all eligible voters collect their voters card and be ready to use it effectively to pick leaders that would fight for their interests.
The Ohanaeze finally wished all Nigerians a happy Easter celebration and prayed for enduring peace in the country.
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