Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has enjoined Catholics and other Christian faithful to be steadfast and pray for the progress of the state and Nigeria, as they commence the 40-day Lenten season.
In a statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, Obaseki said, â€œThe Lenten season, which is a solemn religious celebration in the Christian calendar, is an occasion for Catholics and other Christian faithful who observe the season, to seek spiritual upliftment. During this season, I urge them to deepen their communion with God through prayers, fasting and almsgiving, which are the hallmarks of the period.â€
The governor enjoined Christians to also use the occasion to offer prayers for the progress of the state and the country, noting, â€œPrayers offered in such season assures us of Godâ€™s blessings, which is needed for the prosperity of the state.â€
He added that, â€œThe Lenten observance on fasting and self-mortification should be a means to overcome the murmurs of self-will. It is an opportunity that should be used to ask God for divine direction for Nigeriaâ€™s leaders in the face of the many fissures that threaten the collective existence of the country.â€