By Chukwudi Ikpe &Emma Onumah
Bishop Cyril C. Okorocha of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, last Sunday, used the Palm Sunday service at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) to counsel the nation’s political leaders on making positive changes in their leadership.
Bishop Okorocha pointed out that the kind of people that will save Nigeria from its pitiable state today must be people prepared to make full-time sacrifice and not what he described as token sacrifice.
He said that the nation should look for leaders who are young at heart, with credible pedigrees and vision and devoid of corrupt tendencies.
Any leader who fails to see vision when he is young, he said, will not dream dreams when he is old, as stated in the Holy Scriptures.
According to the Diocesan, Nigeria requires humble servant- leaders who are prepared to make a difference. He, however, warned that being slow in walking is not an indication of humility.
He urged Nigerians to look out for leaders, who have the fear of God in them, restating that people have sold their moral authorities and so the whole nation is looking up to the church for salvation.
The prelate asked church leaders to do what is right henceforth and desist from the practice of revisionism which, he said, is working against the Christian faith and the growth of the church.
He described revisionism as when one turns around and becomes the opposite of what the one is supposed to be, as in doing things upside down.
Explaining further, he said that anybody who knows the truth and fails to say it, or who mismanages something like pension fund entrusted into his care could be said be said to be a revisionist.
Meanwhile thousands of Anglican faithful in the Diocese of Owerri, last Sunday, joined their counterparts in Christendom, to commemorate the Triumphant Entry of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, a day in the Christian calendar, known as Palm Sunday.
Worshippers in the various Churches were seen with palm fronds, marching and shouting the song of “Hosanna in the Highest” in glorious tunes.
At CATOL, Bishop Okorocha led the congregation to a “Hosanna March” through the Imo State University (IMSU) Road and back to the Cathedral before the commencement of the Palm Sunday Service at the Cathedral, which was attended by faithful from all parts of the Diocese and beyond, including Knights and Ladies, members of the Fathers’ fellowship, Mothers’ Union, Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades, Children’s Ministries, all of whom were claded and adorned in several uniforms, which helped them to identify their respective groups and seating position in the Church.
Palm Sunday is an event observed every year to mark the end of the Lenten season and which ushers in the Holy Week culminating in the Good Friday and Easter celebrations.