Easter: Christians mark Good Friday, re-enact Passion of Christ

Christians in Nigeria yesterday joined their counterparts all over the world to commemorate Easter beginning with Good Friday in remembrance of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ even as President Bola Tinubu and governors enjoined Christians to imbibe the virtues of sacrifice, love, tolerance and selflessness.

And to ensure a hitch-free celebration, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, has ordered the deployment of police personnel and operational assets to areas of likely security threats nationwide.

Faithful of the Catholic Church on Friday re-enacted the Passion of Christ, rekindling hope in the redemption of mankind. The faithful, during the Station of the Cross to mark Good Friday, acted out the sufferings, judgment, condemnation and persecution of Jesus Christ on the cross, to rekindle His redemption in people.

The station of the cross event that began at noon was being done same time across the globe. It highlights the route Jesus Chirist passed through before being crowned “The King of Kings” that should be emulated.

At the Holy Spirit Church, Onireke, Ojo, Lagos, faithful defied the scorching sun in a procession from the Ojo Barracks Bus Stop to the church, professing Jesus Christ. The procession, that caused human and vehicular traffic in the ever-busy Barracks-Onireke-Tedi road had faithful engaging in recitals and prayers in accordance with the 14 stages of the passion of Christ as enshrined in the worship book. It was spiced up with sober hymns, with faithful kneeling down along the road at intervals.

The procession, on reaching the church, dovetailed into devotional prayers to saints, while the parish Priest Rev. Fr. Dennis Emena, asked people to emulate Jesus Christ in their daily living.

According to him, Jesus’ death on the cross paved way for God’s reconciliation with mankind. “It is a selfless service worthy of emulation by faithful, if we must make our society a better place. God Himself has set a standard through which we can access grace with God the son paying the price. We should work hard to become heirs to the kingdom,” he said. At the nearby Saints Peter and Paul Parish, the scene was similar, as faithful flocked to participate in the ritual.

Tinubu preaches unity, compassion

President Bola Tinubu in his Easter emphasized love, sacrifice, and compassion as the patent themes of this solemn season. He noted that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for humanity is an emphatic lesson for leaders and all Nigerians to yield to selflessness and compassion, and be steadfast in the pursuit of a united, peaceful, and prosperous nation.

President Tinubu in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, “commends Nigerians for the sacrifices they have made in the past few months for the nation to be steered to the path of recovery and sustainable growth, assuring them that the seeds of patience which they have sown are beginning to sprout and will in no time bring forth an abundance of good fruits.” The statement further said, “As Christians celebrate the victory of life over death as exemplified by the resurrection of Christ, President Tinubu assures all citizens that Nigeria will triumph over its challenges as his administration remains firmly committed to this end”.

Gov Mutfwang calls for prayers

Plateau State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang on his part called for prayers for the state to build a peaceful, united, and prosperous Plateau for all. Mutfwang in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Gyang Bere extended his Easter wishes to Christians in Plateau and across the globe and urged them to “embrace the essence of love, sacrifice, and peace as embodied in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

The Governor emphasized that “Easter provides an invaluable opportunity to contemplate God’s plan for humanity’s salvation, fully realized through Christ’s resurrection,” and commended Christians who observed Lent, believing that the lessons learned have deepened their spiritual connection.

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Hassan Yabanet disclosed  that a strategic deployment of personnel has been made across the state to ensure a hitch-free celebration.

Obaseki tasks Christians on sacrifice, tolerance

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has charged Christians across the country to reflect on the significance of Good Friday by imbibing the virtues of sacrifice, love, tolerance and selflessness. The governor, in his Easter message said; “I urge everyone to, in the spirit of the season, reflect on the significance of this day by imbibing the virtues of sacrifice, love, tolerance and selflessness. He stressed the need to persevere, noting “There is no better time to show this than now when we are faced with dire economic conditions which have put many in distress. As we celebrate this year’s Good Friday, we must remember to be our brothers’ keeper and look out for each other at this difficult time, while remaining resolute in our love for God and our nation”.

Makinde urges Christians to practice Christ’s love

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State also urged Christians to put into practice, the lessons of love and sacrificial living of Jesus  Christ. This is contained in an Easter message through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sulaimon Olarewaju. Makinde urged Christians to use the special occasion of Easter to pray for the leadership of the country. The governor, while congratulating Christians on witnessing another Easter season, noted that it had become important to engage in more prayers and supplications for the country amid current economic situations. He equally charged Christians to imbibe the lessons of love and sacrificial living taught through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.

Benue CP orders deployments to Churches, parks, event centres, others

The Benue State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Emmanuel Adesina has ordered special deployments to churches, parks, event centres, entry and exit routes in the state to check security breach during the Easter celebrations in the state. The Command also issued dedicated four phone lines; 0806 600 6475, 0706 737 4913, 0805 749 3117 and 0708 325 0154 for ease of communication in the event of security breach in any part of the state during the festivities. A statement issued weekend in Makurdi by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Superintendent, SP, Catherine Anene indicated that the Police Commissioner had issued marching orders to heads of formations to ensure the security of lives and property in their various areas of jurisdiction.

According to the statement, “Religious leaders, traditional leaders, parents and guidances are advised to warn their children and wards against practices that are unlawful in the course of their celebration.”

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