Christians have been implored to use the exemplary opportunity of Easter to pray for peace and unity to prevail in Nigeria and for God to spare the country of endless waste of lives through sectarian crisis, communal wars and cult related violence.
Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State made the call in his Easter message to Cross Riverians, saying that they should pray for the consolation of those who have lost their dear ones as well as the repose of the souls of the departed.
Imoke remarked that besides the story of salvation for mankind, of the times, death and resurrection of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, this period provides people the challenge of defining their individual mission in life.
According to him, â€œEaster also reminds us that solidarity with one another, love, care and compassion are really important values that need to be reflected on in our society.â€
The Governor said the lesson to be drawn from Godâ€™s sacrifice of the life of His dear and only begotten Son for mankind, is that Nigerians must preserve the sanctity of human lives at all times, adding that moreso, the resurrection of Jesus Christ offers people a message of hope, love, grace and life everlasting.