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Cleric advises Nigerians to shun violence, embrace peace



Cleric advises Nigerians to shun violence, embrace peace

By Bridget Ikyado

Summit Bible Church Worldwide senior pastor Andrew Osokwe on Sunday called on Nigerians in Abuja to avoid violence and embrace peace.

He also advised Nigerians to take responsibility for nation building in his message at the opening of the eight-day church “REVIVAL” summit in 2021.

According to Osokwe, the main goal of the revival summit is for Christians to identify their potentials and purpose which will be used in nation building.

He said nation building is made possible by real and great men of God, adding that these men were on fire for Christ for positive results for the country.

The pastor said that God had placed in the hearts of men the ability to unite his children in his presence and reform them to lead to nation building.

The senior pastor added that the church strongly condemns violence and murder and would use the summit to preach the peace and unity that should be imbued.

He noted that at the end of the summit, Christians should display positive behavioral attitudes for others to emulate for a better society.

“We will expect Christians to show love and unity; we will teach tolerance and patience to permeate as a culture.

“More clarity is needed on peaceful coexistence. Ignorance and misperception allowed resentment in the country, which should be eliminated.

“This country must move forward. We must work together at all levels to promote peace. We should focus on those things that unite us rather than those that separate us.

“We must respect each other’s religion, location and culture.

“If peace prevails, all will work together to bring about economic, religious, political and social development,” Osokwe said.

In his sermon, Pastor Nathaniel Bassey of Oasis Youth Church in Kings Court Parish, Lagos, said that after the summit the negative and ugly impacts in the lives of Nigerians and in the country would be reversed.

He stressed that the theme of the summit, “REVIVAL”, meant “to make a difference”.

Bassey took one of his scriptures from the book of Isaiah 57:15 – “I live in a high and holy place, but also with one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and revive the heart of the contrite. ”

The pastor urged Christians to be intentional with the eight-day revival by letting the Holy Spirit take charge of their lives.

“After awakening, one would expect men to be transformed and these should be displayed in our daily lives, in our offices, in our homes and in our society.

“When we do the right things, we will eliminate corruption, nepotism, hatred and murder in our society.

“We will see men living like God. Revival offers a new lifestyle in accord with the Holy Spirit, ” Bassey said.

Source: NAN

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