by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
PLATEAU STATE – Nigerians have been told to collectively work for a better Nigeria, and to use the powerful weapon of prayers to serve this country.
The Catholic Archbishop of Jos, His Grace, Most Revd Dr Matthew Ishaya Audu, disclosed this on Wednesday in Jos during the Deaconate and Priestly Ordination of 21 persons.
He said, 16 out of 21 were ordained as Deacons and out of this, eight were from Jos Archdiocese, while the remaining eight Deacons were from Lafiya Diocese, and five were already Deacons, who were ordained Priests of Jos Archdiocese.
Those ordained Priests are Rev. Tabe Sunday Emmanuel, Rev. Lawrence Zi Nyam, Rev. Luka Chayi Audu, Rev. Emmanuel Chuwang Gwom and Benjamin Nyam Mancha.
The Archbishop charged the newly ordained Priests to take this responsibility seriously, be good and respectful and build themselves for the glory of God.
According to him, they are expected to minister at the Altar of God, adding, “And a man of God offers sacrifices to God. He has to be a witness to Passion of Christ and he has the responsibility to see the gospel announced prayerfully and build up community of the faithful.”
He said, they are also expected to proclaim the gospel – Word of God – in the mission of the Good Shepherd and carry God’s words to everywhere, especially those who long for God.
While calling on political leaders to do what is honourable and just for our nation, especially those political actors, the Archbishop urged them to us their campaign to maintain the democratic standard.
He equally charged them to adjust their slogan for 2023 general elections to read” “no intimidation,” “no killing,” “no rigging” and “no political thugs,” “let God’s will be done,” because he believes that all power belongs to God, and God gives power to whomever he wishes.
He also urged the government and those that would be in political offices to endeavour to fulfill their elections promises (after elections) and their responsibilities to the people. He cautioned those who carry civic responsibilities to diligently develop and sustain the nation and the state.
According the Archbishop, “Many of us are Christians, but there is need for a new conversation, so that we can be Christian by name and in action; but the most important thing for us today is to turn to God in prayers.
“This is because of the challenges the nation and the Diocese are confronted with – challenges of insecurity, religious entity, fiber crimes and terrorism facing the nation.”