The Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, the Anglican Primate of All Nigeria, on Tuesday urged Nigerians not to lose hope in the country.
Okoh who gave charge at the 2019 Divine Commonwealth Conference (DIVCCON) in Abuja, reiterated that there was great hope in Nigeria.
He said that the conference, with the theme, “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”, was aimed at reflecting on the eternal attributes of God, His unchanging nature and faithfulness.
”There is hope in Nigeria and Nigerians must not give up hope, because if you give up hope you will die.
”Hope is the last thing anyone should lose, if you have hope, there will be tomorrow for you, because you will be strong and ready for any opportunity.
”But anyone without hope is finished, because you will go about moody, angry and depressed and before you know it, you will die,” he said.
Okoh also said that many people in the world today were praying to have a country they could call their own because war and crisis have destroyed them.
He noted that Nigerians have managed to live together and move on in spite the friction.
He further stated that every thing happening to us at the moment was caused by us because we elected our leaders either by voting or not voting.
”We have come very close to integration, but we overcame and moved on, God have been gracious to us and we must be grateful to him.
”We have a hand in what is happening to us, if we want a change, we must pray for a peaceful change without destroying lives,” he said.
Okoh stressed that politicians do not discuss with anybody and when they do they only discuss the part that was convenient for them and the part they want the public to know.
The Clergy further said that the essence of elections was that the people put their powers together and give to politicians and in return expect the politician to protect them.
”We must pray for our country and whatever is bringing the seed of discord, God should normalise it, we must pray that God should control the unruly ways of men.
”The church must go back on their knees, because nobody can understand the issues between politicians.
”We must pray for God to control politicians, because only God can control human beings.
”We must pray for God to have mercy on older people, on our children and on us so that we don’t hate ourselves to the point of self destruction,” he said.
The Primate who also spoke on the border closure issue said it was not a bad thing.
According to him, there were certain irresponsible things that Nigeria was buying which could be produced in the country; like toothpicks.
Okoh who noted that the country wouldn’t move forward if she continued in that light, added that border closure was necessary to some extent.
”A country like China closed its borders for many years and they came out strong.
”C-way water is a Chinese product, why should we buy water from China?
So there are certain things that shouldn’t be and it is the responsibility of government to regulate things,” Okoh said.
Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi/Sadiya Hamzahttps://nnn.ng/anglican-primate-urges-nigeria-to-remain-hopeful/