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.