BY CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI- Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Dr. Anthony J. V. Obinna, has commended Nigerians for shunning efforts being made by Boko Haram sect to drag the country into sectarian/ethnic conflict.
Dr. Obinna made his feeling known in his 2012 Easter message, titled “The patient victory of Christ,” in Owerri.
The Catholic cleric, however, lamented that from Christmas last year, through this year’s Lenten season, Nigerian Christians and other people of goodwill had been reliving in varying degrees the pain of hateful murder.
“In spite of apparent efforts being made to push Nigerians into a civil war, especially religious war between Christians and Muslims, most Nigerians have refused to embrace such suicide or genocide,” Obinna said.
Dr. Obinna lamented that that Jos, Plateau State capital, had become a recurring decimal in the senseless murder of innocent citizens.
“While the Northern parts of Nigeria had been bloodied in sectarian-ethnic violence, the southern parts have continued to groan under sporadic kidnappings and assassinations, as well as would-be sectarian terrorists,” the Archbishop fumed.
According to Obinna, the “studied refusal and rejection of hateful violence draws us wittingly and unwittingly into the loving company of Jesus Christ, the Universal Prince of Peace.”
He called Nigerians to continue seeking the victory of love in their lives, families, offices, on the road, in communities, in Nigeria and beyond.