Nigerians are living at a time that life appears to have no meaning as anybody’s life can be taken at any time.
The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Most Reverend Matthew Hassan Kukah stated this in a homily at the Holy Family Catholic Cathedral Sokoto during the Mass to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost.
He thanked God for the restoration of peace in Sokoto after the unnecessary disturbance in the state capital few weeks ago.
He commended the country’s security agencies for continually putting their lives on the line in order to safeguard the lives of Nigerians.
He said the clouds of darkness continue to hang on Nigeria, with no one having the hope of living and seeing the next day.
He said it is amazing and regrettable that Nigerians have been catapulted back to the age of slavery over 200 years ago by being abducted and negotiated over heavy sums of money for them to have their freedom.
For Pentecost he said with the coming of the Holy Spirit, every one in the Spirit can change the world by renewing the temporal order.
However he said the world cannot be renewed by merely wishing and not praying actively. Also the world cannot be renewed by surrendering our powers merely to politicians.
There are many lessons for Nigerians to learn from the difficulties bedeviling the nation. He said when we wait on God for His intervention in our situation or answer to our prayers, we must not bind God by our own clock, time and calendar.
What we’re experiencing in Nigeria is akin to the confusion and difficulties that the Apostles experienced in their own time. Then the Holy Spirit came to give them confidence and courage to live and evangelize without fear.
During the Mass, sixty seven candidates were administered with the Sacrament of Confirmation by the Bishop, Most Reverend Matthew Hassan Kukah. Six of them came from an outstation of the Cathedral.