ASH WEDNESDAY MESSAGE TO CHRISTIAN FAITHFULS ACROSS NIGERIA FROM GENERAL MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS
On this most evocative spiritual occasion of Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Forty Day Fasting period for all Christians worldwide, I bring you warm felicitations and prayer that the Almighty God shall accept all our supplications to him in this holy season.
Lent is the central aspect of the Christian life, the most important period in the Christian calendar and definitely the high watermark in all the injunctions to the faithful. It is instructive that the Holy Bible teaches that it was after Jesus Christ had observed his fast for “forty days and forty nights” that the Devil came to tempt him.
However, having been fortified by the period of self-denial and sacrifice, he was able to withstand the wiles of the Evil One and to establish for mankind the eternal message of salvation called Christianity.
I see a parallel in our own national condition today. While the people who manipulated the postponement of the election might have had other intentions in mind, it is doubtful that they adverted their mind to the efficacious utility of the intervening period which now falls, almost entirely, within the period of Lent for the renewing of our faith.
The central message of Lent is spiritual renewal and CHANGE! It is my hope and prayer that this period of fasting shall enable us all, to be spiritually fortified to face the challenge that will be presented to us on March 28- just one week to Good Friday!
I wish all my Christian brothers and sisters God’s abundant blessings all through this season and beyond. I pray that God, in his munificence, will answer our fervent prayer for a POSITIVE CHANGEin our land.
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