Lent: Cleric calls for sober reflection in Saturday elections

ASH-WEDNESDAY-NIGERIA

Nigerians have been charged to have sober reflections be­fore casting their votes in the forthcoming gubernato­rial and state assembly elec­tions scheduled for March 9.

Rev. Fr. Michael Okonk­wo of St Paul’s Catholic Church, Ebute-Metta, gave the charge af­ter Ash Wednesday mass at his parish in Lagos.

He said that it was a good coincidence that the guber­natorial elections would hold on the first Saturday after Ash Wednesday in the period of Lent.
“It should be for us, a peri­od of sober reflection.

“We need to reflect on all that had happened in the past and go out to vote for our pre­ferred candidates.

“This is very important, especially, for us as Christians.

“Those who share our val­ues should be voted into pow­er because governance is all about bringing out good val­ues,” Okonkwo said.

He added that Nigerians should go out and vote so that they could begin to hold their leaders accountable.

“It is only when we vote appropriately that we can reap the dividends of democracy.”

He further said that Lent was a 40-day period of pen­ance and drawing closer to God while praying for people around us.

“Most importantly, we are encouraged to pray and fast more in this period be­cause it has a way of lifting our spirits.

“I always call it a grace period because it is during this time that we receive a lot of grace from God.

“It is a special period where we emphasize seeking and focusing more on spir­itual things,” he said.

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