Monday, 25 December 2017

Yuletide: Bishop Ezeokafor calls for reconciliation, love, charity

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu 

In the spirit of Christmas and New Year festivity, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor has urged Christians to use the period to reconcile with God and man, as well as to show love and charity to people.

Ezeokafor, who made the call in his Christmas message, explained that Jesus Christ, whose birth is being commemorated exemplified humility by accepting to be born in human form to save the world.

The prelate, therefore beseeched Christians to pay more attention to life of Christ, the reason for the season rather than pursuing wealth by hooks or cooks in order to meet up with material targets.

“This is time for reconciliation with God. This is time to amend our ways. People should see it as a time to show charity to one another because faith without work is dead. We should avoid extravagant expenses these seasons to avoid inheriting debts at New Year on house rents, school fees and others,” the Bishop added.

On his expectations in New Year, Bishop Ezeokafor adviced the government to give hope to the populace by addressing the challenges facing the country in terms of power supply, agriculture, education and others.

“I used to say that if I should become the President of Nigeria, my first project would be provision of power and food. With regular power supply, agriculture and other aspect of our economy would be viable. You know that air, food and water are the most vital needs of the humans.”

He further reiterated his calls for government to shift attention from oil to agriculture, which he said would help the country to produce raw materials.

“Our country is blessed with so many natural endowment especially agriculture which if well harnessed would make us a major supplier or exporter of so many raw materials to the world,” he said.

He, however, enjoined people to eschew selfishness and imbibe the spirit of sacrifice, adding that people should always collaborate with the government to run the affairs of the state.

On Anambra Central Senatorial zone whose seat had been vacant for over two years, the prelate urged politicians not to allow personal or political interest to override the overall interest of the constituents.




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