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Good Friday: Catholic Bishop urges Nigerians to shun violence

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By Chidinma Ewunonu-Aluko

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo, Catholic Bishop of Oyo Diocese, urged Nigerians to avoid all forms of violence as Christians observe Good Friday.

Badejo gave the accusation on Friday in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in Ibadan.

He called on citizens to love each other regardless of tribal or religious differences.

The bishop stressed that love is the most powerful tool in eradicating violence and creating a better nation.

“Love demands that we work for justice and fairness because it prompted God to offer his only son death for mankind.

“Leaders in all fields; Rulers, religious, traditional, family, business, among others, should make sacrifices for the welfare of their people, as Christ illustrated by giving his life for the world.

“They should all collaborate and put aside personal or collective interests in order to build a better Nigeria,” he said.

He urged Nigerians to take the opportunity of Good Friday to give serious thought to the ongoing violence and killings in the country.

“Jesus on the cross cried for the end of hatred, corruption, greed, violence and discrimination.

“God has created a world that is good, but human beings must stop destroying each other and ultimately the world,” he said.

Badejo said Nigerians must realize that every stifled life is a defeat for humanity and work for peace and justice.

He therefore urged everyone to repent of all evil in order to enjoy eternal life as God wished through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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