As Christians all over the world commence the observance of the 40 days Lenten season, the Minority caucus in the House of Representatives has urged Nigerians to use the period to pray for peace and unity of the nation
The lawmakers in a statement by the Minority Leader, Mr Ndudi Elumelu, noted that the 40 days of prayers, fasting and abstinence must lead to inward renewing, self-discipline and faithfulness as contained in the teachings of Lent.
Mr Elumelu tasked Nigerians, especially leaders, not to be carried away by the outward observations but allow for an innermost spiritual rejuvenation and redirection.
He stressed that such spiritual direction is key towards restoring hope and pulling the nation out of the woods of current political, economic and social predicaments.
“The ashes that we are receiving is not meant for an outward show, but to remind us of our ephemeralness and that God is the only hope for mankind,” Elumelu said.
He also urged those behind the wanton killings and other acts of violence in the country to retrace their steps, as their actions cannot be justified under any guise.