By By Sam Eyoboka
ACTIVITIES marking this yearâ€™s Easter celebration, the resurrection of the progenitor of the Christian faith, Jesus Christ, across the country were rounded off Sunday as Christian leaders used the occasion to preach hope, peace, love and forgiveness. Nigerians who took advantage of the long holiday to travel up country to spend the Easter are expected to return to their bases Monday.
There were reports of heavy traffic on the Lagos-Benin Expressway as thousands of intending travellers were said to have been stranded at different motor parks and the airports as all the transport firms were turning back passengers who had besieged their loading parks for tickets to travel.
With the Easter over, the pressure is expected to be on the dilapidated highways as heavy traffic of returnees is expected.
Many Christians whose churches organised retreats and other spiritual events during the period are also expected to be returning to their operational bases at the end of such events. For instance, members of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry who were at the Deeper Life Conference Centre for the annual Easter retreat and members of the St. Joseph Chosen Church of God who travelled to Abbi in Delta State for their annual regional convention/church dedication ceremony are all expected to return to base today.
Deeper Life retreat
At the Deeper Life retreat, the General Superintendent, Pastor William Kumuyi, obviously pained by the gruesomeness of the killigs in parts of the North, called on all Nigerian Christian leaders to shun division in the Church and come together to pray against the incessant religious uprising in the North.
Preaching on a topic titled; The prevailing power on importunate prayer, Kumuyi lamented what he described as terrible happenings in our land, saying that â€œwe can all recall the havoc that took place recently such as unrest, killings, and maiming in a particular state in this nation, which affected virtually everybody.â€
Alile calls for prayers
Similarly, the Spiritual Leader of St. Joseph Chosen Church of God, Apostle Harford Alile, in Abbi, Delta State, urged Nigerians to repent and pray fervently to dislodge the demon of religious unrest in the country, saying â€œwe all need a new beginning with God to tap into the abundant reservior of the Almighty God.â€
According to him, every Nigerian needs to repent because we have actually fallen short of the glory of God.