Christians mark Good Friday, ahead of Easter celebrations

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Christian faithful in Nigeria and across the world are making Good Friday, the prelude to the Easter celebrations. 7

The day, which is part of the Holy Week, is observed by Christians across the world to mark the death of Jesus Christ.

In Nigeria, several churches are expected to hold services to observe Good Friday which is the first of the last three days of Jesus’ time on earth. Others will also hold processions.

A few days back, the Christian faithful marked the Palm Sunday in observance of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

Nigeria’s umbrella Christian body had in its Easter message expressed confidence that the country would overcome its challenges.

“Is there anything that calls for celebration in all these things we are facing? Yes, there is. Nothing is worse than death!” the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Dr Samson Ayokunle, said.

“If Jesus died and was buried, putting his disciples in the greatest state of disappointment and sorrow but afterwards rose from the dead, then, Nigeria is going to be great again. This nation will rise from all the challenges we are facing and we Nigerians are going to rejoice and be proud of our nation again in the name of Jesus Christ.”

Aside from CAN, prominent personalities including President Muhammadu Buhari called for unity among Nigerians.

“As we approach another season of electioneering, let the security and unity of the nation guide our actions and utterances,” Buhari said.

He also re-echoed CAN’s message of hope, believing that Nigeria’s challenges are temporary.

“This period emboldens us to believe that the current spate of uncertainty and insecurity will soon unfold a season of the triumph of good over evil; hope over despair, and light over darkness,” the Nigerian leader added in a statement he signed on Thursday.

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