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  • Lent: Reps Minority Caucus calls for prayers, sacrifice
  • Lent: Reps Minority Caucus calls for prayers, sacrifice

    Eld-el-Fitr: Reps minority caucus urges Nigeria's rebirth

    By Tordue Salem, Abuja

    The Minority caucus in the House of Representatives has urged Nigerians to use the forty-day Lenten period to pray for peace and unity of the nation

    The lawmakers, in a statement by the Minority Leader, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta), on Wednesday, noted that “the 40 days of prayers, fasting and abstinence must lead to inward renewing, self-discipline and faithfulness as contained in the teachings of Lent”.

    Elumelu tasked Nigerians, especially leaders, not to be carried away by the outward observations but allow for an innermost spiritual rejuvenation and redirection as reinforced by the period of Lent.

    He stressed that “such spiritual direction is key towards restoring hope and pulling our nation out of the woods of our current political, economic and social predicaments.

    “As we begin another journey of 40 days of prayer, fasting and abstinence, God is telling us to return to him. This return must take place in our hearts, not merely in our external appearances.

    “The ashes that we are receiving today is not meant for an outward show, but should minister humility and dependency on God, in reminding us of our ephemeralness and that God is the only hope for mankind.

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    “As we observe the Lent, we must adhere to the command of the Lord Jesus Christ to be careful not to show off our spiritual exercises to attract the praises of others but to use the period to advance a life of humility, love, charity, forgiveness, penitence, self discipline and deeper spiritual growth”.

    Elumelu urged leaders, “to use the period to have deep introspections regarding their dealings with the people and redouble their effort in service, especially knowing that one day, one will stand before God give account of his or her stewardship”.

    He also urged “those behind the wanton killings and other acts of violence in the country to retrace their steps, as their actions cannot be justified under any guise.

    The caucus prays for the peace, unity and stability of our nation and urges Nigerians to continue to be one another’s keepers particularly at this critical time”.

    Vanguard News Nigeria 

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