By Sam Eyoboka & Olayinka Latona
GAILY-dressed Nigerian Christians Sunday joined their counterparts worldwide to mark Palm Sunday, the triumphant entry of the progenitor of the Christian faith, Jesus Christ, into Jerusalem, with many Christians holding palm fronds and marching through the streets of Lagos to draw attention to the occasion.
After a brief sermon at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos, Catholics were enjoined to conduct themselves in a proper manner that would drive home the true essence of the solemn occasion.
Other Christian groups like the African Church on Broad Street, Lagos also took their procession through Lagos streets just as the National President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence Sunday Ola Makinde and Catholic Archdiocesan Director of Social Communications, Rev. Monsignor Gabriel Osu congratulated Nigerians for the conduct of a successful presidential elections.
The three Christian leaders, who spoke after their Palm Sunday services in their respective churches, gave the glory for a successful presidential polls, first to God, and second to President Goodluck Jonathan and thirdly to the INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega who they described as an exceptional Nigerian who had started an unequalled revolution for the general interest of the country.
Pastor Oritsejafor hailed Nigerians all over the country for the peaceful manner they conducted themselves all through the period of electioneering.
Speaking in an interview at the Methodist Church, Tinubu, Lagos, Makinde described the presidential polls as very fantastic, successful, saying that there is every reason to commend the INEC chairman, Prof. Jega for a job well done.
Monsignor Osu also described the presidential polls as largely free and peaceful.