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Easter: Cleric urges Nigerians to bless less fortunate amid economic hardship, insecurity

The Catholic bishop advised Christians to make people feel the earth shaking event of Jesus rising from the dead.

• March 31, 2024

As Christians celebrate Easter, the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo, Emmanuel Badejo, has urged Nigerians to lighten other people’s burdens by blessing the less fortunate.

In his Easter message, Mr Badejo urged Christians to be witnesses of goodness, reconciliation, brotherhood, love, and faith as ingredients for a better society and future.

“Jesus is risen, but how much joy can people have when they are under terrorist attacks, bombardment at war or even in the den of kidnappers? What is the meaning of victory and justice for those who cannot afford a decent meal in a day or who, though sick, have no means to care for themselves?

“This is where Jesus needs all who feel the resurrection, joy and life to witness his power and victory. We must find a way of making the mood of Easter reach all the nooks and crannies of our world,” he said.

The Catholic bishop advised Christians to make people feel the earth shaking event of Jesus rising from the dead.

He urged them to make people see that the same is possible in their condition.

“I call on Nigerians, as witnesses to the resurrection, to help one another to see that the tomb is already empty and that the death of Good Friday lost its sting and ended with Easter Sunday resurrection.

“If we rejoice in Christ’s victory and power, help others feel it, too. Tell everyone around you that Jesus is risen. Alleluia is our song of joy,” Mr Badejo said. 


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