The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rep. Ndidi Elumelu, has called on Nigerians to use the Easter celebration to pray for the nation and rekindle trust in God to deliver the nation from prevailing challenges.
In his Easter message on Friday in Abuja, Elumelu stressed that Easter is coming at a time the whole world is being ravaged by the deadly COVID-19.
According to him, the coming of Easter at this period is a divine pointer that God has not abandoned humanity in the midst of the pandemic.
“The crucifixion and triumphant resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the death offer us heavenly assurance of the triumph of life over death, health over sicknesses, happiness over gloom, hope in despair as well as our healing, deliverance from pestilences and our complete victory over this COVID-19 pandemic
“As a world, we are presently challenged by the outbreak of coronavirus disease, though thousands have been infected and many are dying by the day, our hope must remain strong in God.
“We must have confidence in His redemptive power to deliver mankind as manifested in Christ’s triumph over dead at Easter.
“Indeed, in Easter, we are certain that all hope is not lost, we must therefore strive to use the period for sober reflection and prayers for the nation and humanity.
“We bear in mind that God in II Chronicles 7:14, assured that if we humble ourselves and pray and seek His face and turn from our evil ways, He would hear us and forgive our sins and heal our land,’’ he said.
According to the lawmaker, a time like this calls for humility of heart and total reliance on God for solution to national and global challenges.
Elumelu further urged Nigerians to use the period to strengthen their spirit of resilience and continue to reach out and assist one another.
The minority leader made a case for families and individuals whose daily source of livelihood had been crippled by the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He commended health workers for their sacrifices and charged citizens to continue to adhere to health safety directives including social distancing and personal hygiene.
Elumelu urged leaders to do more personally and officially to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians and prayed for the safety and health of all Nigerians during Easter celebration.