Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Martins, has warned Nigerian leaders not to be deceived by the fragile peace in the country, urging them to work hard in the interest of the citizenry.
In his Independence anniversary message, Archbishop Martins noted that there was need to thank God for keeping the country united, despite the numerous assaults on the country by its leaders over the years.
He lamented that ethnic and religious considerations, rather than the common good, influence decisions taken by the political class.
According to him, the only way governments at all levels could sustain the unity was to urgently address the needs, yearnings and aspirations of the masses.
He said: “We thank God for the opportunity of celebrating our 58th Independence anniversary.
Certainly, we have many genuine reasons to remain grateful to God.
In the first instance, we are still alive and living together, despite the assaults on our country by successive leaders.”
In the same vein, the General Overseer of The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement, Pastor Lazarus Muoka, urged Nigerians to sincerely and prayerfully seek God’s face in righteousness while celebrating.
Muoka, who addressed journalists during the church’s programme tagged ‘God’s Intervention in Times Like This’, said that Nigeria needs prayers, especially in the light of difficulties facing the nation.
Meanwhile, founder of Kingdom Power International Christian Praying Church, Pastor Ohez Azuka, urged Nigerians to pray for God’s intervention in the affairs of the country.
During the church’s programme themed ‘Jehovah Ebenezer: The Stone of Our Help’, he said that with the ongoing crisis in the country, Nigerians should not faint but call on God to choose a man after his own heart to govern the country.