By Etop Ekanem
LAGOS â€” CATHOLICS in Nigeria yesterday joined their counterparts in the rest of the World to celebrate Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the 40-day lent period, even as a cleric advised the nationâ€™s Acting President, Dr.Â Goodluck Jonathan to be wary of sycophants who would mill around him.
The advice was given yesterday by Rev Fr. Denis Emeana, Director of Lay Apostolate Centre and Laity Chaplain of Lagos Archdiocese during the celebration of Mass to mark the Ash Wednesday at St Paulâ€™s Catholic Church, Ebute Metta, Lagos.
According to the cleric, Jonathan should be conscious of sycophants and seek the wisdom of God to guide him on duties, adding: â€œHe needs to seek for wisdom from God. Christ is wisdom personified. For him to be able to perform well, he has to seek for Godâ€™s guidance and allow God to influence him. He is there to serve and not to be served.â€
On why there are lots of vices in the country despite prayers and fasting, Rev Emeana said: â€œThe problem is not just to pray. God said we should work and pray. Prayer cannot work without us making conscious effort to change. The problem in Nigeria is that we donâ€™t want to change.
Sometime we donâ€™t allow God to do things for us, we like doing things by ourselves. We always want the will of God to be changed because of our selfishness and greediness.That is why all these vices are happening in the country,â€ he said.