Archbishop Martins to Nigerians: Draw close to God
The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Dr Alfred Martins, has called on Nigerians to use the remaining days 2020 to draw near to their creator in prayer and thanksgiving.
Martins in his 2020 Christmas message urged Nigerians not to allow the numerous difficulties, tragedies, and pains of the outgoing year to weigh them down, urging them to recall blessings of God on their lives.
The statement was signed by the Director of Social Communications of the church, Rev. Fr. Anthony Godonu.
“As we embark on the customary beehive of social and economic activities that characterise the celebration of Christmas, the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I wish to appeal to all Nigerians, especially those facing very unpleasant situations, that they should not allow the challenges of the times to depress them.
“Rather, we must all remain steadfast in prayer and optimism, knowing that tough times do not last but tough people with faith and trust in God do. The onslaught of COVID-19 and widespread insecurity notwithstanding, being alive alone to witness another Christmas is a sign that we are victors. And so, we must embrace this yuletide with the positive attitude of victors, knowing very well that we have a hope that the future will be better for us as individuals, as families and as a nation,” the statement partly read. Punch