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Cleric warns against accepting evil

A Catholic priest has warned people against compromising evil and called on all to speak out the truth and unite in prayer to end the incessant killings in Nigeria, which he described as an abomination before the Lord.
In an apparent condemnation of the state of affairs in the country, Fr. Franklyn Mirikwe of Christ the King Catholic Church Oru Ahiara in Ahiazu Mbaise LGA, during his homily at a Eucharistic Mass in the parish,  advised leaders to lead the people of God as Christ, who sacrificed himself for his flocks, did.
Preaching on the theme: “Say no to bad Leadership,” the clergy outlined that a nation with bad leaders are like sheep without good shepherd and urged children of God to reject corrupt and wicked leaders.
He stated: “Show me a righteous ruler and I will show you a happy people,” (Proverbs 29:2) reiterating that: ”When good people come to power, everybody celebrates, but when bad people rule, people stay in hiding.” (Proverb 28:12).
Fr. Mirikwe likened the plight of people under bad leadership to that of Josiah’s son, Jehoiakim, king of Judah, saying: “How terrible will be the Lord’s judgment on those rulers who destroy and scatter his people! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the rulers who were supposed to take care of his people: “You have not taken care of my people; you have scattered them and driven them away. Now I am going to punish you for the evil you have done. I will gather the rest of my people from the countries where I have scattered them, and I will bring them back to their homeland. They will have many children and increase in number. I will appoint rulers to take care of them. My people will no longer be afraid or terrified, and I will not punish them again. I, the Lord, have spoken. The Lord says, “The time is coming when I will choose, as king, a righteous descendant of David. That king will rule wisely and do what is right and just throughout the land. When he is king, the people of Judah will be safe, and the people of Israel will live in peace. He will be called ‘The Lord Our Salvation.” (Jeremiah 23:1-6).

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