Nigeria@63: Nigerians are urged by a cleric to avoid anarchy

    His Eminence Ekpenyong Akpanika, the Prelate of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, has advised Nigerians to uphold their allegiance to the country and avoid doing any actions that could incite unrest and chaos. Nigeria@63

    He said, “The Church remains a refuge and a beacon of hope for long-suffering Nigerians,” while urging the Christian church to keep its mission in mind and to continue praying fervently for the harmonious coexistence of all ethnic nationalities in Nigeria. Nigeria@63

    The Director of Information and Public Affairs, Rev. Nnoke Ibe, signed and released a message on Sunday commemorating Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Day. In it, the clergyman urged Nigerians to put their trust in God rather than let the nation’s dire economic situation weigh them down.

    “The nation and our leaders need our support and prayers more than ever before,” the message said in part. Let’s do our part by refraining from taking any actions that could cause unrest and conflict. All agitations ought to be addressed responsibly, free of ethical connotations and religious prejudice. Let’s put our faith in Nigeria and our future in God.

    “I commend all Nigerians for their tenacity and capacity to endure trying circumstances. I urge us to be loyal to our government and the country. God will shortly vindicate our endurance and faith.

    “Given the current climate and the state of affairs in the country, I feel compelled to acknowledge that Nigerians do not appear to be in the mood to celebrate. Unfortunately, this year seems to have left us without the customary causes for our Independence Day celebrations.

    Nigerians had hoped that “the electoral process will unveil a new vista of hope for the nation,” the pope continued, but those hopes appeared to have been “dashed.”

    “Given the current climate and the state of affairs in the country, I feel compelled to acknowledge that Nigerians do not appear to be in the mood to celebrate. Unfortunately, this year seems to have left us without the customary causes for our Independence Day celebrations.

    Nigerians had hoped that “the electoral process will unveil a new vista of hope for the nation,” the pope continued, but those hopes appeared to have been “dashed.”

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    He continued by saying that the fact that the nation is still in existence is evidence of “divine intervention” since the church fulfilled its obligation.

    However, I want to thank the Nigerian Christian church and other Christians who have maintained their faith in the country, Akpanika added. I can confidently state that your prayers and various forms of support are what have allowed our country to continue to exist.

    It is evidence of God’s divine intervention that the Church has carried out its obligation. I thus implore the Church to continue offering long-suffering Nigerians a haven of safety and a ray of hope.

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