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Promote Honesty, Anglican Bishop Tells Nigerians

Posted: Mar 25, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chinyere Abiaziem LAGOS



Most Rev. Adebola Ademowo, Bishop of Lagos and Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, has called on Nigerians to be determined in promoting the ideals of transparency and honesty so as to move the nation forward.

Bishop Ademowo made the call in his Good Friday, Easter message entitled, “The Ultimate Sacrifice” contained in a release made available to Independent by the church.

Ademowo, who condemned all forms of abuses – gross corruption, kidnapping, stealing, violence etc, asked Nigerians to desist from such and embrace change.

“Let us determine in our hearts to promote the ideals of transparency, honesty and have living faith in God to move our country forward.

“Good Friday teaches us to jettison all forms of abuses like gross corruption, kidnapping, stealing, violence and all forms of decay in our system that has put the nation where we are today,” the Bishop said.

Citing the sacrifice Jesus Christ made by dying on the cross to save humanity, which is being celebrated by Christians he charged Nigerians to show selflessness in their bid to build the nation.

He also enjoined leaders to seek the good of their followers.

He said: “As we celebrate Good Friday, we have a duty to emulate Christ’s selfless and sacrificial life, who through His death secured our freedom at great cost. Jesus endured the cross on Good Friday, knowing that it would lead to His resurrection, our salvation and the beginning of God’s reign of righteousness and peace.

“It is of paramount importance to call on the citizens of this great country in the spirit of the season to imbibe the true spirit of nation building which is characterised by sacrificial living as against the cankerworm of greed and grabbing which has eaten deep into the fabric of our nation.

“I hereby make a call to all those in position of authorities, trust and responsibilities to seek the common good instead of individual comfort and interest.

“They should be sacrificial in their services to our great nation. With the ultimate sacrifice Jesus has made for us, there is no sacrifice one can make to secure the future and the growth of generations unborn that will not be reckoned with time.”

He added that the crucifixion produced the dynamics and Jesus’ sacrifice empowers us to re-orientate our lives toward selfless living, giving, loving, caring and serving, instead of self-dominance or self- protection.

“Christ calls us to follow Him by dying to ourselves-to give up our lives so that we might find them in relation with Him,” he said.