The clerics made the statements as part of Good Friday celebrations.
As part of the celebration of Good Friday, religious leaders have asked Nigerians to emulate the virtues of Jesus Christ, who sacrificed himself for the sake of mankind.
The Dean of the Anglican Diocese of Lagos Mainland, Luyi Akinwade, called on Nigerians to emulate the virtues of Jesus Christ who willingly laid down his life for the redemption of the world.
Mr. Akinwade urged public office holders to adopt the servant-leader attribute of Jesus Christ by enhancing the quality of the people’s lives, rather than engaging in inordinate quest to amass wealth.
He called on the government to be sincere enough in its fight against corruption, as culprits continued to enjoy a free reign, pointing out that “Easter offers all of us another opportunity to appreciate the invaluable sacrifice made by Jesus Christ by laying down his life for us all.”
The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Adewale Martins, also urged Nigerians to put aside their differences and be concerned with issues of insecurity ravaging the country.
Mr. Martins, in his Easter message, reiterated that since the death of Christ on the cross brought about the redemption of mankind, every Nigerian citizen had equal right to enjoy good quality life.
The prelate urged Nigerians, particularly those who because they are aggrieved, have resorted to taking arms against their fellow men, to have a rethink.
“At this period when we celebrate the risen Christ, I want to appeal to all Nigerians, particularly all those who because they are aggrieved, have resorted to taking arms against their fellow men, to have a rethink,” he said. “God does not support the shedding of human life in resolving disputes. Every life is sacred and most thus be respected. Continuous bloodshed is not the solution to our problems, rather it escalates same.”
He called on all Nigerians not to lose hope but to continue to call on God in prayer for lasting peace.
Also a Reverend Father of the Saint Andrew Catholic Church, Iba, Lagos, Mathew Nkoli, urged Christians to see “Good Friday” as a time to engage in a deep sober reflection and remedy past mistakes.
“It is the day preceding the eve of Easter, and a time considered by the church, as the peak of Jesus’ suffering and death,” he said.
In Owerri, the Pastor of St. Luke Anglican Church, Akwakuma, Owerri, Ogechi Ofurum, called on Christians to emulate Jesus Christ’s humility, adding that Jesus demonstrated Servant-Leader relationship with His disciples and humbled Himself even unto death on the cross of Calvary.
“This period reminds us of the type of leadership Jesus showed when He was on earth. As He gave up His life unto us, we should also give our lives unto the service of God and humanity to His glory,” he said.