Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship, Most Reverend Dr. Paulinus Chukwuemeka Ezeokafor, has tasked the government of the federation to always apply the principle of equity and fairness in its appproach to issues of national concern.
The cleric who spoke to newsmen on Sunday at St.Patrick Cathedral Awka while reacting to President Mohammadu Buhari’s two-day visit to Lagos state to commission a bus-stop, said those who advised the president to embark on such trip on Holy Thursday and Good Friday respectively, advised him wrongly stressing that the said trip could have been undertaken after the Easter celebration.
He said Christianity and Islam were the two major religion in Nigeria and should be accorded equal respect and recognition by the powers that be, not giving preferential treatment to one to the detriment of the other.
Bishop Ezeokafor noted that the Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday were days Christians concentrated on what they believed gave them salvation describing Easter as the greatest feast in the Christendom.
He however admonished President Muhammadu Buhari to treat every section of the country equally irrespective of religious sentiments.
Also in another development, Bishop Ezeokafor celebrated Easter for the downtrodden and indigent irrespective of their religious affiliations. More than 500 persons benefitted from the variety of food items, clothes and a host of other goodies the Bishop donated to them.