Let’s Recognize Easter Seasons’ “spiritual implications”, Catholic Archbishop Emphasizes Need for Love among Nigerians

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese. Credit: Lagos Archdiocese

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese has highlighted the fostering of love as one of the spiritual implications of the period of Easter. 

In his Sunday, March 31 Easter Message, Archbishop Adewale calls upon Nigerians to practice fraternity amid their respective lives’ challenges. 

“It is only by practicing the true virtues of love for one another and empathy at this critical period that Nigerians, irrespective of their tribe and faith, can live in true peace and harmony, not minding the grave economic and security challenges that they are facing,” he says. 

The Nigerian Catholic Archbishop explains, “As we have commemorated the suffering and death of Christ and now, we rejoice in His resurrection at Easter, we must also be mindful of the spiritual implications of the season because they reveal to us the importance of sacrifice and love for one another.”

Sacrifice and love, he says, are “important virtues that we need to make more abundant and demonstrate more vigorously at this period that we are confronted with immense economic hardship, poverty, and social dysfunction.”


“At Easter, we celebrate the resurrection of Christ which is the core of our faith as Christians,” the Local Ordinary of Lagos says, and continues, “It is a special period when we are expected to unite with Christ by serving him through offering our services to others, especially those who are in great need.”

“Easter reminds us to continue to proclaim the Mystery of our Faith as Christians: Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again,” the Nigerian Catholic Archbishop, who started his Episcopal Ministry in January 1998 as Bishop of Nigeria’s Abeokuta Diocese says. 

He goes on to call for adequate measures to better “safeguard the lives and improve the welfare of our law enforcement agents who sacrifice so much for our country.”

Archbishop Adewale expresses his awareness of the challenge of food provision in the country, and calls upon the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led government to “declare a state of emergency in the food sector to tackle the excruciating hunger and deprivation being experienced by Nigerians owing to the parlous state of the economy.”

Meanwhile, Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso of Nigeria’s Kaduna Archdiocese has said that the West African nation needs radical change of structure and constant constitution review to function better.

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Delivering his Easter Message at the Catholic Secretariat Kaduna on Sunday, March 31, Archbishop Ndagoso said, “Both parliamentary and presidential systems of government are foreign stressing that there is need to produce a local constitution that addresses the needs of the people.”

“What our country needs today is a radical change of structures, especially of governance. To make our country regain its lost glory is a task that is incumbent on all Nigerians,” the Nigerian Catholic Archbishop said.

He added, “We all know that because of the present challenging situation, some have already taken action by ‘japaring’ (emigrating); some are precariously hanging on while others are looking around, maybe, for the last time.”

“Of crucial importance for us now is that those committed to staying and rescuing the country must now make up their minds to do things differently and not continue with life as usual, mindful of the fact that we have no other country than this one called Nigeria,” Archbishop Ndagoso said.

All Nigerians, he continued, “must work together to start writing a new and hope-giving chapter of the history of the country.”


“As we begin the joyful season of Easter, it is hoped that the change of heart we experienced during the Lenten season in preparation for Easter will enable us to start building a Nigeria of our dreams, a new Nigeria,” Archbishop Ndagoso said.

The Nigerian Catholic Archbishop, who started his Episcopal Ministry in May 2003 as Bishop of Nigeria’s Maiduguri Diocese cautioned Nigerians against despair despite the myriad of challenges they face.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.