As Christians in Nigeria and around the world commemorate Easter, the annual celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the faithful have been enjoined to pursue and pray for unity.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 20, 2021 from the Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene atop the Mount of Olives shows a view from behind a crucifix a view of the old city of Jerusalem. – Churches in Jerusalem are up in arms against Jewish “radicals” who are settling in the Christian Quarter and threatening a fragile religious balance in the ancient Holy City. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP)
The celebrations represent the culmination of the Holy Week which starts with the observance of Palm Sunday to mark the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.
Millions of Nigerians throng churches today for special services, prayers and thanksgiving to mark Easter.
President Muhammadu Buhari, governors and influential Nigerians highlighted the importance of the season in their individual Easter messages, calling for unity and prayers for Nigeria.
At the heart of Easter, the President noted, is the triumph of light over darkness.
Recognising that Easter is about renewed hope and a glorious future, Buhari urged all Nigerians to continue to be confident and believe strongly in the country for better seasons ahead.
In celebration of the season, the President enjoined Nigerians to do so in love, compassion, kindness, resilience and forgiveness.
Similarly, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, rejoiced with Christians across the country for this year’s Easter celebration.
Gbajabiamila described the period as very crucial and called for sober reflection among Christian faithful as it marks the resurrection of Christ.
He also called for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians “now and always”.
Pope Francis is expected to lead Easter mass at St Peter’s Square in The Vatican.