Anglican Bishop of Orlu Diocese, Rt. Rev. Benjamin Okeke has stressed the need for Nigerians particularly the leaders to use the period of Christmas to genuinely repent and seek God’s face in the face of myriads of tough challenges confronting the nation.
The prelate also harped on the need for the rich and average to shun all manner of extravagant spendings during the season aimed at showing off or displaying affluence but rather consider helping the poor, needy, widows and orphans during Christmas.
Bishop Okeke gave the advice in his Christmas message, a copy which was made available to Nigerian Newsguide.
He reminded Christians that God’s eternal love for mankind was the sole reason he sent his only son to be born and die that man may be free from every bondage.
The prelate harped on the need for Nigerians to foster peace in their various communities which he said, brings joy that is actually the totality and import of the Christmas celebration. “Christmas tells the world that Jesus the Prince of Peace was born.
It declares Peace to all men of goodwill. Nigerians must give peace a chance. Jesus changes lives, in Jesus, “change begins with me becomes a reality and not a ruse”.
“Christmas is a period of joy, help to the needy, the less privileged, down trodden, orphans and widows. It is not necessarily a period of showcasing affluence or extravagant spendings. Rather it is a time for genuine repentance and turning away from all iniquities; armed robbery, pen robbery, kidnapping, ritual murder, fornication, adultery, etc. Jesus Christ came to save us from our sins ( Matthew 1:21)”.
The Orlu Anglican Bishop however commended the federal government for the slight reduction in the pump price of fuel but advised that the price be brought down further along with that of electricity tariff so that the poor masses could survive in a country like Nigeria.
Bishop Okeke finally called for prompt payment of teachers and workers salaries including pension to the pensioners, noting that it was the only to put smiles on their faces especially in this Christmas season.