Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders in Nigeria and worldwide to imitate Jesus Christ.
According to the holy book, Christ “died so that others could live” a better life. Mr Buhari is currently in the UK on a medical vacation while many hospitals in his country rot away.
“At the point of death, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ He paid the supreme price so that violence and bloodshed will stop among us.
“Leaders should make sacrifices and seek the interests of their people because it is a desirable thing for all,” said the cleric.
He said this in a statement on Thursday ahead of Good Friday (a day professed Christians commemorate the passion and death of Jesus Christ on the cross).
According to him, Jesus is the perfect example that Mr Buhari and other world leaders should imitate.
Mr Badejo added that Good Friday calls on leaders to work for a better world like Jesus did while on earth.
“Love is the most powerful tool with which to create a better world, and it demands that we work for justice and fairness to all,” the bishop said.
According to him, humanity cannot win a war against itself.
“We must sit down and realise that we are of the same stock, children of one God, and live accordingly. Every life that is snuffed out, every child that is killed, is a defeat of humanity.
“Let us work together for peace, justice and let love return for us all to experience, again, one world and one humanity,” the bishop explained.
He added, “The cross is a powerful weapon against evil if we live by its values. The blood that Jesus shed on calvary will never lose its power.