Easter celebration is here again.
Indeed, in this era of terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, gangsterism, cultism, economic and financial crimes and other social vices which have bedevilled Nigeria lately, Easter provides ample opportunity for Nigerians, irrespective of political, religious and ethnic affinities, to reconcile themselves with God and, indeed, man in the spirit of love and peaceful co-existence which the event symbolises, especially within Christendom.
For some time now, the citizens have been buffeted on several fronts by sordid tales, occasioned by seeming misrule by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government. They have had to contend with hunger, poverty, unemployment, loss of jobs and hyper inflation.
Hence, the citizenry, particularly Christian faithful, must, therefore, reflect on the essence of Easter in which their counterparts all over the world celebrate the death and resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ, whom Christendom believes died and rose from death to save mankind.
Easter also marks the end of a 40-day fasting period also known as the Holy Week or Lent. Christians are re-assured that their Saviour still lives in line with Biblical injunctions.
Infact, Easter celebrations usually commence on the Good Friday when Christ, according to the Bible, submitted Himself for crucifixion on the Cross of Calvary for mankind, and ends on Sunday when He rose from death and ascended to Heaven.
As Christians in Nigeria join their counterparts all over the world, to celebrate this fiesta, we expect the leadership and fellowership to imbibe the lessons of Easter which fundamentally hinges on forgiveness, love, peace, humility and service to humanity.
Though the essence of Easter may be fast fading away in some climes, even within Christendom, the virtues of patience, endurance, tolerance and, above all, sacrifice are still relevant especially in our national life.
These virtues should and must always manifest in our lives if Nigeria, like other developing countries, must move to the next level and be respected in the comity of nations.
Interestingly, these ageless, enduring and imperishable virtues which Christ bequeathed to the world are indeed, for all men and women of goodwill, irrespective of their religion, history or geography. Nigeria, therefore, is and can not be an exception.
Regrettably, the world today is consumed by war, hate, corruption, mismanagement, terror, hooliganism and other social vices, all of which negate the essence and spirit of Easter. This, perhaps, explains why we are today wallowing in a world of sins and man’s inhumanity to man.
In Nigeria, for instance, tribes, ethnic groups, religious organisations, communities, families and indeed, the Nigerian project are crashing and falling apart because Nigerians have failed to imbibe the lessons of Easter by treating their compatriots with honour, respect, love and dignity that they rightly deserve.
Love which is the number one virtue has virtually disappeared in our national life and hatred, intolerance, abhorrence and other despicable norms have taken over, making the country a laughing stock in the comity of nations.
The Easter season, therefore, calls for re-appraisal of the Nigerian State, especially against the backdrop of enormous challenges facing the citizenry.
Our leaders must learn from the exemplary life of selflessness, humility and sacrifice which Christ lived and died for. The leadership and the elite should realise that there cannot be leaders without followers and it is only when the followers are given a fair deal that Nigeria can be said to be progressing.
In all, we must strive as patriotic Nigerians to put God first in everything we do, if our country must move forward like other nations of the world.
As we celebrate Easter, The Tide implores all Nigerians to mark the season with caution and sense of responsibility and reflect deeply on how we can co-habit with love, peace and national cohesion.
Happy Easter celebration.
Easter celebration is here again.