The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has called on Christians across the world to seize the moment of deep reflection that the feast of Easter usually brings to reawaken their humanity and re-establish the presence of God in their lives.
In a Special Easter Message in Awka, Governor Obiano observed that the complex challenges that face modern Christians has seriously eroded the values that once sustained the essence of mankind and weakened the connection between many Christians and Jesus Christ and calls for rigorous self-interrogation and re-awakening.
According to him, “Easter is a period when Christians devote time to reflect on the salvific role of Jesus Christ in the life of mankind and resolve to walk the path of moral regeneration. This is made easier by the Lenten season which precedes Easter and prepares the church to enter the period of Grace that Easter offers. Our world is so troubled that many people across the globe have lost the very essence of their humanity. This Easter offers us a great chance to re-awaken our humanity and mend our ways with God.”
Governor Obiano pointed at the growing sphere of terror across the world as a clear pointer to the increasing emergence of a troubled world and a disappearing sense of community that is plaguing mankind and urged Christians across the world not to yield to the temptation of ignoring the Biblical injunction of turning the other cheek.
Governor Obiano further observed that the challenge of retrieving a dying humanity is not a difficult exercise to Christians because Christ has paid the price and has risen from the dead. “So, His Resurrection gives us hope and courage to attempt what seems impossible. If Christ rose from the dead, then the least we can do is to rise above the growing hatred and touch one another with love,” he maintained.
The governor called on Ndi Anambra to reach out and touch one another with love in the spirit of Easter and urged them to pray for their leaders always. He assured the people that the present economic difficulties would soon go away because the federal government had not relented in its efforts to give the economy an immediate turn around.
Also in his message, the former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi of Anambra State called on all Nigerians to emulate Jesus Christ at this Easter Season and afterwards.
He said, “Easter is a period which calls for sacrifice just as our Lord Jesus Christ exemplified when He shed His spirituality and assumed a human form in order to save humankind from sin and eternal damnation” He added that this singular action culminated in our Lord’s death on the Cross.
Obi reminded Christians and non-Christians alike that it was “the sacrifice and service offered by our Lord which brought Him to glorious resurrection and exaltation”, urged all to take a cue from Him.
To political and other leaders, the governor urged them to lead the life of Christ at all times.