ABUJA – A catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Unamba, on Thursday advised Nigerians to have no fear about the nation’s future as the country would remain indivisible after the 2015 polls.
He said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a message to mark the New Year in Abuja after a mass at the Christ the King Church (CKC), Kubwa.
The priest, who is a lecturer at the St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Makurdi, Benue, said that God is in charge of the every aspect of the life of every Nigerian in the election year.
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“God goes before us on our way and many people who are afraid of the future (should know) that the lord has told us that His name is `I am’; He is there before us.
“So we should learn to understand that providence rises before the sun and God will be there before us.
“So we should have nothing to be afraid of.
“Anxiety is part of human life but we should know the limit of anxiety and that God is in charge of every aspect of our life.
“If Nigeria did not break up in the past 100 years then it will not break up this year. That is my promise to all Nigerians’’
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The cleric told Nigerians to love one another and turn new persons in order to benefit from the benevolence of the creator in 2015.
Earlier in a sermon at the New Year mass, the Parish Priest of CKC, Kubwa, Rev. Fr. Festus Nwadike, urged Nigerians to improve in their lifestyles to promote peace in the country.
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“Change your life; be a better person, a good person, a child of God ready to obey the commandments of God.
“Love your neighbours, love your brothers and sisters, and be in peace; make peace with one another.
“You should stop killing; many things are happening in the world,’’ he said.
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The prie[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]st noted that Nigerians were already afraid due to the forth coming national elections but advised the people not to be afraid of the unknown as God is always in charge
“Do not allow fear or worry to enter into your live; but be courageous to face the challenges of the future in order to triumph,’’ he said.
The cleric also warned the electorate to vote according to their conscience for credible candidates in the 2015 polls and not be deceived by those who would wish to buy their votes.
In a New Year eve’s mass also at the parish the Associate Priest, Rev. Fr. Jude Oniah, prayed for divine intervention in all the difficulties faced by mankind.
Oniah declared 2015 as `a year of miraculous restoration’ adding that the mission of Jesus Christ, whose birthday was celebrates on Dec. 25, was to save all.
“The coming of Jesus was to restore us to the season of abundance and if you have righteousness you will triumph and prosper,’’ he said.
NAN reports that the new year masses were marked by songs of thanksgiving and hope rendered by the congregation in expectation of better things and stability of the nation.(NAN)