The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari, has congratulated Nigerian christians on the advent of Lent and appealed to them to use the season to reflect, meditate and pray to God for peace.
Buhari said this on Ash Wednesday as the 40 days of fasting and prayers period of Lent began.
He said, “My dear brothers and sisters, as we pray daily for mercy from God, let these 40 days be for us, a greater opportunity to change our ways and our hearts so that God can heal our land; which is in dire need of leaders and citizens who will show love and care for the poor and the rejected in our midst, for whom, Jesus Christ also sacrificed and died for.
“Let us abhor discrimination in our country on the grounds of ethnicity, religion, gender and political orientation and work for a united, peaceful and progressive Nigeria where few men and women will no longer have the pleasure and privilege to deprive the majority of our common wealth.
“As you observe this very important spiritual exercise, I will also join you in prayers to God for the strength you need to go through this season and for the forgiveness of the sins we all have committed against God and humanity.”