Lagos – Some Clerics on Friday urged Nigerians to rededicate their lives to God and become faithful followers and witnesses of Christ in 2016.
The clerics said this at cross-over services to usher in the year 2016 in Lagos.
The District Superintendent, Apostolic Faith, West Africa, Rev. Emmanuel Adeniran, urged Nigerians, irrespective of their faith, to work together for the peace and stability of the nation.
“At this time, I want to say that it is the duty of all Nigerians to pray for peace in Nigeria. Nigerians did this before the 2015 elections, during the elections and even after the elections,’’ he said.
Adeniran added that it was the prayers of the Nigerian people that caused peace to prevail in the country before, during and after the 2015 elections.
He, therefore, admonished Nigerians to always endeavour to remain close to God, so that he can see us through the nation’s numerous challenges.
“God can handle all situations, but all we need to do is to follow Him faithfully, according to His will,’’ he added.
In his remarks, Msgr Gabriel Osu, Director of the Social Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, urged all Nigerians, both Christians and Muslims to pray for the restoration of peace in the country.
The cleric, however, urged the government to concentrate more on the masses, adding that the gap between the rich and the poor was widening by the day.
“The poor are becoming more and more challenged because they now have to provide too many things for themselves for their day-to-day survival. The Government, therefore, needs to be able to raise its game, so that it can be able to assist them meaningfully,’’ he added.
Rev. Fr. Kelvin Okwuma of the Saints Timothy and Titus Catholic Church, Isheri-Osun, Lagos, urged Nigerians to turn a new leaf by playing their part as citizens.
“We cannot keep blaming government for everything. If each and every one of us begins to perform our civic duties as citizens by obeying the law of the land and showing love to our fellow man, irrespective of tribe or religion, that is when we will begin to experience peace and stability in Nigeria.
“So, let us stop apportioning blame and do our part to make our country a better place for all,” Okwuma stressed.
Rev. Michael Akuma of the Assemblies of God Church, Surulere, prophesied that 2016 would be the year of restoration for Nigerians, no matter the state of the economy.
He, therefore, urged Nigerians to draw close to God, saying that it was the only way to success.
“Nigerians should abstain from sin, so as to be able to be at peace with God because when God is happy with you; His blessings upon you are sure.
“As we obey and trust in God, the blessings of Nigeria and Nigerians will know no bounds in the New Year. (NAN)