Daily Trust (Abuja)

26 December 2012

Nigeria: Cleric Tasks Christians On Love, Almsgiving

A catholic priest, Rev. Fr. James Tella, yesterday tasked Christians to show love by constantly assisting the needy and the poor. Tella gave the advice in his homily to mark the Christmas celebration in Kaduna.

Christians worldwide mark December 25 to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ. He urged Christians to emulate the virtues of Jesus Christ as specified in the holy Bible, stressing the need for the people to assist the poor and less privileged in the society all the times not necessarily during festivities.

Tella advised Christians to adhere strictly to the teaching of the holy Bible, by maintaining good relationships with God and people always.

Attendance was high in Churches amidst tight security as worshippers were vigorously screened. Cars were also screened before gaining entrance into and around Church premises.

Mr. Joel Danjuma, a worshipper, said in spite of rumours of attacks in some states, it would not deter him from performing his religious obligation.

Danjuma said the directive by the Inspector General of Police that was telecast about the need to tighten security, allayed his fears.

Mrs Murna Sunday said the security check was necessary as it had given parents the confidence to bring their children to Church, without fear of the "unknown".

She urged the people, irrespective of their religion or place of domicile, to pray for peace and assist the government to address the insecurity in the northern part of Nigeria.

NAN

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