By Emma Onumah
The postponement of the 2015 general elections in Nigeria to March and April, has been described as an act of God and a respite to the nation, within the circumstances that prevailed at the time.
The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha Ph.D who made the remark in a Heartland FM Station Evangelical Hour Programme with the theme: “The meaning and the message of Lent for a nation under transition”, advised Nigerians, particularly Christians, to use the period of this year’s Lenten season to ruminate and ask themselves: “why am I a Christian and what am I actually doing to contribute my quota to the progress of Nigeria?
Bishop Okorocha affirmed that the people of this nation have grown to be able to vote on ideas and specific ideologies rather than use the period of the election to exhibit prejudice against one another.
The Prelate argued that in a situation of conflict, the person who pays the prize of peace is the nobler, in order to ensure that there is peace, stressing that there is no place in any nation where people can have a free and fair election in the absence of peace.
Answering questions from callers, the Bishop expressed the view that those who do not observe lent would not know the meaning and power of resurrection.
As he added, “the race to heaven is an individual one, pointing out that, those who name the name of Christ need to depart from iniquity and also bring souls to Christ”.
The Prelate expressed regret that those who are supposed to be leading in all spheres of life have failed to do so, and stressed the need for all to repent and turn to God.