By Sam Eyoboka & Yinka Latona

LAGOS—Christians in the Nigeria, yesterday, joined the rest of the world to mark Palm Sunday as they symbolically took palm branches and went out shouting “Hossana.”

Cross section of parishioners led by the Catholic Bishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan during a solemn procession to mark the 2019 Palm Sunday by parishioners of the Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Garki, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 14/04/2019

Palm Sunday is a special day for Christians as it commemorates the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem to begin the work of salvation.

Speaking with Vanguard at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lagos, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Adewale Martins said: “Whatever the challenges or the conditions we are passing through, we must persevere just like our Lord Jesus Christ did and not forget that there is always glory at the end of every life challenge.

“There is hope notwithstanding whatever we may be passing through now as a nation and as individual Nigerians.”

The cleric tasked the Federal Government on the security situation in different parts of the country saying: “The present situation of insecurity in our nation is much than what we have experienced in the past, it is indeed a trying period for our country as far as security is concern.

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“It is necessary for both the military and the police to reorganise their strategy. Obviously whatever strategy they are using now is not working at all. Nigerians are feeling unsafe everywhere, particularly those in the northern part of the country.

“We expect a change of strategy and if possible change of personnel because we need peace, security of lives and property in Nigeria.”

Also speaking at the Proto Presbyter of Trinity Church Council, Methodist Church of the Trinity, Tinubu, Lagos, Very Rev. Jonathan Osin urged Christians to emulate Christ’s love and sacrificial nature in the service of humanity.


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