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Reps Minority Caucus Urges Prayers During The Lent Season

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(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Minority caucus in the House of Representatives has urged Nigerians to use the period 40 days Lenten season to pray for peace and unity of the nation

In a statement on behalf of the caucus, which was made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, Rep Ndudi Elumelu, the Minority Leader in the House, 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.

Elumelu tasked Nigerians, especially leaders, not to be carried away by the outward observations, but allow for an innermost spiritual rejuvenation and redirection as reinforced by the period of Lent.

He stressed that such spiritual direction is key towards restoring hope and pulling the country out of the woods of the current political, economic and social predicaments.

“As we begin another journey of 40 days of prayer, fasting and abstinence, God is telling us to return to him. This return must take place in our hearts, not merely in our external appearances.

The ashes that we are receiving today is not meant for an outward show, but should minister humility and dependency on God, in reminding us of our ephemeralness.

“As we observe the Lent, we must adhere to the command of the Lord Jesus Christ to be careful not to show off our spiritual exercises to attract the praises of others.

“We must use the period to advance a life of humility, love, charity, forgiveness, penitence, self discipline and deeper spiritual growth,” the caucus stated.

Elumelu urged leaders to use the period to have deep introspections regarding their dealings with the people and redouble their effort in service.

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.

The caucus prays for the peace, unity and stability of our nation and urges Nigerians to continue to be one another’s keepers particularly at this critical time.


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