By Sam Eyoboka, Caleb Anyanisa & Olayinka Latona
AS the over seven billion people of the world prepare to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, the presiding bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, TREM, Dr. Mike Okonkwo and Dean Emeritus of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Ephraim Ademowo, have called on all citizens to remain peaceful and grateful to God because Christmas is all about love, peace and joy to the world.
The umbrella body of Christians in Nigeria told our reporter that it is important for Nigerians to understand that Christmas is a period to get redemption. “It is a time to show love to the less privileged, needy and the poor in the society,” its statement added.
CAN further argued that “if the day we used to celebrate idols is now used to celebrate God, I think it is a good thing because idols do not own any day, all days are created by God,” it added.
Bishop Okonkwo, who called on Christians to ensure that their relationship with Jesus Christ is intact, stressed that, it is not enough to rejoice in the fact that Jesus was born in a manger but it is also about emulating the worthy virtues He stood for while He walked on the face of the earth. Most especially, he said, it should be a time of extending love, peace, joy and goodwill to everyone.
In his message, the Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and the diocesan bishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Ephraim Ademowo appealed to Nigerians to look inwards this Christmas and pay clear attention to the original ecumenical spirituality of Christmas.