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- March 26, 2016
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The Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh has reiterated that the celebration of Easter is not for eating and drinking, but sacrificing in self denial, remembering the have-nots and the downtrodden and not being self centred.
Archbishop Okoh stated this during a one hour live pidgin programme, “Country Matter” on Radio Nigeria to commemorate 2016 Easter festivities. He said that although Christ died, He rose again, thus removing fear and barriers militating against the lives of mankind. Primate Okoh admonished that Nigerians- Christians, Muslims and Traditional worshippers alike should be truthful, and love their neighbours as themselves, because God created them all. He pointed out that sacrifice has many dimensions that could be monetary or behavioural; adding that those who take contract jobs should do it right and sacrificially too, because they will surely account for it one day. He said if people could do their work without offering or taking bribes and kick backs, and serving the government according to the terms of agreement, with the Police following rules without circumventing them, the Nigerian nation would be a better place to live in.
The Primate and Metropolitan called on the government to pursue the vision of providing employment and make the conditions of service workers more attractive, so that corruption would be greatly reduced. In addition, Most Rev. Okoh called on the government to deal decisively with people who are stealing with impunity to serve as deterrents to others and nip greed and avarice in the bud.
The callers on the Radio Programme also gave feedback by urging the Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) to intensify efforts in ensuring that corruption is preached against on the pulpit, not minding whose ox is gored. In response, the Primate urged the people to put all hands on deck to make Nigeria a better place. He said that they can achieve this by having a content spirit and work towards discouraging mediocrity, which is being promoted at a fast rate in the society. He concluded by stating that Easter is victory, notwithstanding the problems of Boko Haram, armed robbery, kidnapping and killing by Herdsmen and that light is at the end of the tunnel.