Hurray! Easter is here! Alleluia concludes the pains of Good Friday and Calvary. Easter challenges Christians to be faithful and authentic under every circumstance. Jesus remained true and authentic and he achieved our victory over evil, betrayal and death. Darkness yields to light, sorrow to joy and death to life! Though the entire world opposed the faithful man, God will vindicate him. That is why Jesus makes the difference. No matter what we face in the course of life, we must be steadfast. Christianity teaches us to be truthful, peaceful, forgiving, generous and God fearing, otherwise we cannot be salt of the earth and light of the world. Trouble must come and tribulations may occur but through it all we must not allow anything to take all that goodness away from us. That is why Saint Paul exclaimed. “What can separate us from the love of Christ?” (Rom. 8) Nothing! This should be the summary of Christian’s principle and Christian living. He said to the Philippians and to us, “Let all the good character seen in Christ be seen in you (Phil 2:5).
Through the sad abduction and non-release of teenager Leah Sharibu God reminds us what it really means to know him. How wicked can people be to a mere innocent teenager in the name of religion? But through her example what excuse can believers in God have not to do what they know to be right and just? None! No matter how things go, Leah has become a blessing and model to her family and to our generation. May she be released soon and un-harmed to a glorious Easter! Christianity needs many more Leahs in its fold. So does Islam every authentic religion which claims to seek freedom and peace. Let us shun the false religion that says once you believe, you will never have trouble. Let us reject the false religion that forces people to believe anything. Let us respect the rights of each other. God is not party to violence and wickedness.
I call on all families and all Nigerians do more to teach young people to be God-fearing, truthful, persevering, and honest in order to save the future. Let our politicians, business men, civil servants and everyone emulate Jesus Christ through the example of teenager Leah. Be courageous in doing what is right and pleasing to God. At the end of it all God will vindicate you. May God hear the prayers of Nigeria for the release of all who are in captivity! May God release all Nigerians from greed wickedness and false religiosity! May our land come to know peace and victory which Jesus Christ won for us on the cross of Calvary so that we all go from this Calvary of sin to the glory of Easter! Amen Happy Easter to everybody!