Easter: Gov. Ikpeazu, Catholic Bishop Ugorji, others urge Abia xtians to renew hope, faith in God
Christians in Abia State have been advised to renew their hope and faith in the ability of the Almighty God to intervene in the affairs of humanity.
In their 2020 Easter messages, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji and Prof. Gregory Ibe urged Christians and other Abians to see the difficulties and challenges of this period as an opportunity to reaffirm their confidence in God and pray for the continued protection of God upon their lives.
Ikpeazu urged Christians in the State not to allow the present challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic to make them lose sight of the power of God, as “God is more than able to bring the current situation under control”,
He assured further that the palliative food items and cash given to churches by his administration and others of goodwill will continue and be extended to “our people further through Town Unions and Traditional Rulers in the days ahead”.
According to Bishop Ugorji, “God would not allow his people to die and perish in their helplessness.
“This message of hope underscores that even though the deadly forces of Covid-19 seems to be having an upper hand over life, on the long run life will triumph over its forces of death. Accordingly, far from yielding to paralysing fear and despair, we should face the future with Paschal hope and persevere to the end in the dark and difficult situations caused by Covid-19.
“We are celebrating Easter this year in an atmosphere permeated by the coronavirus pandemic, an atmosphere that breathes anxiety, uncertainty, fear and stress. This is as a result of the increasing spread of the deadly and dreaded virus with its rising toll of death across the world.
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“Amidst our present feeling of despair, Easter has a message of hope, namely: that every dark tunnel has an end; that at the end of every dark tunnel there is light; and that the darkest part of the night is the beginning of dawn”.
In his Easter message, the founder, Gregory University, Uturu Prof Ibe advised Christians around the globe to use this year’s Easter celebration to intercede for God’s intervention and enjoined them “to remain resolute, unshaken and faithful to God, stating that the plague will not tarry forever”.
”It is in the light of the tragic effects of the COVID 19 pandemic on humanity in general, that I urge all Christians continue to draw strength from our Saviour, Jesus Christ”, he said.