The Northern States Governors’ Forum has enjoined Christian faithful to use the Lenten season, which began on Wednesday, to intercede on behalf of the nation especially as it grapples with socio-economic and security challenges.
Chairman of the Forum and Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, made the call on Thursday in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo.
The Forum also urged Christians to conduct themselves very well during the season in order to maximise the spiritual and physical benefits inherent in the season.
Aliyu identified good intention, prayers and firmness of purpose in the pursuit of good deeds as conditions for reaping the benefits of the holy season.
He also reminded Christians that they “are obliged to fast, pray and abstain from heavy meals and other bad habits as well as give alms during the Lenten period”, and urged them to accord it all the necessary attention by being proactive in decisions and actions that would ensure their full participation in the fast.
He opined that Ash Wednesday, which signifies the beginning of the 40-day Lenten season, was characterised by penance, reflection and fasting to prepare Christian faithful for Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday and should therefore be taken very seriously by all Christians.
The statement also called on Christian clerics to educate their congregations on what is expected of adherents of the Christian Faith during the holy season in order to earn God’s blessings.