Nigerian leaders has been enjoined to emulate Jesus Christ’s leadership style in order to put the nation on the path of progress.
Rev Father Linus Akpan of Major Seminary Ikot Ekpene who gave the admonition yesterday at St Peters Catholic Church Mbiabong Anyayan, Oron road, Uyo, Akwa Ibom while delivering a sermon to mark the celebration of Palm Sunday enjoined Nigerian leaders to copy a little of Christ’s sacrificial nature, for the country to regain its lost glory.
“God sent his only begotten son into the world to accomplish a mission, and part of this mission is to make the greatest sacrifice of dying for the entire mankind.
“Throughout Jesus’ mission on earth, he keeps making sacrifices for the people. “While on earth, his leadership style was purely anchored on sacrifice; he lived for others.
“If our political and church leaders in Nigerian can make half of the sacrifice Jesus made while on earth, our country will be better place.
“If they can put aside selfishness, mediocrity, ethnic jingoism, and embrace love and care for others, Nigeria will be the envy of the world,” he said.
Father Akpan also called on leaders at various levels to put God first while taking critical decisions that would affect the generality of the people.
The cleric further admonished Christians in general to be missionaries of the gospel saying that spreading the message of peace, love and showing care for the less privileged, remains key for the growth and development of any society.
According to him, Christians should strive to live in peace, loving one another as Christ did.
“Christ came to bring peace, he did not come for war.”
He added that Christians should not relent in praying always because it is through prayer that God strengthens one to face temptations and the challenges of life.
“We must watch and pray always as Jesus asked his disciples to do”.
Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week and commemorates the triumphant entry of Christ into Jerusalem, days before he was crucified.
It is called Palm Sunday because the faithful hold palm fronds which they use to participate in the reenactment of Christ’s arrival into Jerusalem.