BY SUNNY A. DAVID
The Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke, has charged Nigerians to keep hope alive even in the midst of the challenge of coronavirus pandemic.
In an Easter message yesterday at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha, Archbishop Okeke, said the future held greater prospects and urged the people to face the future with courage, since the future was in the hands of God.
He said God who is omnipotent and omniscience is in charge of the world and we shall overcome.
The Cleric urged the people to keep hope alive, take the necessary precautions and stay safe, adding that God is in charge.
Meanwhile, for the first time in living memory millions of Christians in Nigeria, marked Easter outside their churches on Sunday, as they either kept indoors or worshipped online.
This is in compliance with the lockdown directives by the state and federal governments, as part of measures to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Reports from across the State showed that the faithful kept the social distance recommendation.
In Onitsha, churches like Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, All Saints Cathedral, Sacred Heart Parish, Odoakpu, St. Mary’s Parish, Awka Road, Grace of God Mission along 3-3, and some other Pentecostal churches, were deserted.
Our correspondent who visited some of these churches found their gates under lock and key.