In a statement dated April 2, the President Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Dr Samson Olasupo A. Ayokunle, rejoice with all Christians all over Nigeria who were graced to witness another Easter event in their lifetime.
Rev. Ayokunle thanked God that this year’s Easter celebration will not be celebrated under complete lockdown as it was in the previous year.
The clergy admonished all believers not to be disillusioned as the disciples were when Jesus was arrested, crucified and buried. Ayokunle said though there could be many challenges in the nation today, ranging from insecurity to social, all believers should rejoice in hope.
The Christian leader wishes all believers a Happy Easter ahead of April 4 . Prayed God that may Hallelujah be their song forever in Jesus’ name.
The statement titled ‘Rejoice in Hope: All Shall Be Well’, reads: “I rejoice with all Christians all over Nigeria and the world at large for the grace God has given to us to celebrate the Easter of this year. We thank the Lord that we are not under complete lockdown this year as it was last year. Blessed be the name of the Lord who has shown us His mercy in Nigeria.”
“Though we have many challenges in the nation today ranging from different types of insecurity to social and economic challenges, I urge all the children of God to rejoice in hope. We must not be disillusioned as the disciples were when Jesus was arrested, crucified and buried. They were overwhelmed by grief and doubted His resurrection. They locked the door against themselves for fear of those who killed Jesus because they felt they would descend on them too.
He added: “This is the time for us to exercise patience in tribulations and to continue instant in prayer. With hope in God who can never fail his children, with patience and continuous prayers, a glorious morning of resurrection would come.
“As they joy rejoiced at last when they saw the resurrected Lord, may you equally see the glory of God and be filled with everlasting joy in Jesus’ name. He that rolled away the stone from the grave shall roll away insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, herdsmen’s attacks, ritual killing, armed robbery, unemployment and other challenges we are facing presently in this nation in the name of Jesus Christ.
“Do your best to let your lives touch others positively and the Lord would reward you abundantly in Jesus’ name.
Happy Easter. May Hallelujah be your song forever in Jesus’ name.”
In another news, CAN in the Northern region of the country says more than 500 members were abducted last year alone.
Naija News reports that the Secretary-General of the Northern Region of Nigeria, Reverend Joseph Hayab, said they had all the evidence to show the number of abducted members.