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Christians damn recession to celebrate Easter

Despite the economic recession that has beset the country in recent times, Christians in Nigeria have resolved to make this year’s Easter celebration today, something to remember in future.
“We cannot allow hardship to dampen our desire to celebrate Easter which is the foundation of our faith”, said an Anglican faithful, Thomas Igwe, in Owerri, Imo State.`
Most Christians who spoke to Christian Voice on how they would celebrate this year’s Easter said that the recession cannot spoil the fanfare that goes with the festival.
Igwe, who is an evangelist in his church, said that the Easter is the culmination of the Holy Week which started with the Palm Sunday and signifies the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
According to him, without His rising from the dead, thereby conquering sin and death, and saving mankind, the Christian faith would have no meaning.
Activities went into top gear in churches on Thursday when the Holy Thursday was marked, dovetailing into the Good Friday when Christians remembered the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary, as well as the Holy Saturday.
During the Easter, many churches, communities and family meetings hold various programmes such as retreats, worship sessions and fund raising for projects.
The Federal Government declared Friday, April 14 and Monday, April 17, as public holidays to mark the Good Friday and Easter celebrations.
The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, who made the announcement on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement in Abuja, enjoined Christians and other Nigerians to imbibe the virtues of Jesus Christ and extend spiritual benefits of Easter such as love, peace, justice, sacrifice and kindness in all their interaction during the holidays.
He also urged Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for unity and peaceful co-existence in the country. Dambazau stressed the need for  Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s sustained efforts to build a strong and virile nation.

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