- A cleric has urged Nigerians to celebrate Valentine’s Day by praying for Nigeria
- The cleric said merrymaking should be restricted on the Valentine’s Day
- The cleric also urged rich Nigerians to celebrate by giving to the poor
Pastor Ezekiel Aremu of Praise Assembly, Tanke, Ilorin, says Nigerians must engage in serious prayers rather than an unrestrained celebration of Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14.
Aremu gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on Tuesday, February 13.
NAIJ.com gathered that the cleric described Valentine’s Day as an annual festival set aside to celebrate love, friendship and admiration of special people.
According to Aremu, Nigerians must not be carried away by the celebration.
“Instead, Nigerians should seek for God’s intervention on the state of the nation.
“This is not the time to over celebrate; we all know it is Valentine’s Day when gifts are exchanged and love expressed to special people in our lives.
“It is expected to be a low key celebration with Nigerians praying for the good of the nation.
“Merrymaking is not the answer, rather prayer is the answer,’’ he said.
The cleric advised Nigerians to demonstrate the spirit of giving to the people around them by giving out gifts.
He described St Valentine as a philanthropist and a symbol of love worth emulating.
“St. Valentine is an embodiment of love and deserves to emulate.
“The rich should give to the poor and the poor should also stretch to people below them,’’ said the cleric.
NAIJ.com previously reported that the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, urged public-spirited individuals who have the interest of Nigeria at heart, to join the ministry in praying for the peace of the nation.
The RCCG and the Lagos state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) scheduled separate national prayer sessions to avert further bloodshed in different parts of the country.
According to Pastor Adeboye who is expected to take a break from series of activities culminating into his 76th birthday anniversary on March 2, the three-hour national prayer session is billed to hold at the Old Arena of the Redemption Camp.
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