Palm Sunday: Cleric tasks Nigerian leaders on leadership style

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

Rev. Fr. Anthony Chukwuemeka, the Assistant Parish Priest, Church of Assumption, Chongo-Pyel, Jos, has urged Nigerian leaders to emulate the leadership style of Jesus Christ.

The cleric said this while delivering a sermon to mark the celebration of Palm Sunday in his parish.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Palm Sunday, also known as “Passion Sunday, ” is celebrated by Catholics worldwide to mark the triumphant entry of Christ into Jerusalem.

Chukwuemeka said the kingship of Christ brought love, peace, unity, tranquility and salvation to the world, adding that there was the need for those in leadership positions to emulate this.

He said Christ was truly a king, yet his kingship was not anchored on wealth accumulation, siphoning of public funds and killing of innocent people for personal gains.

”Today we have seen how people heralded Jesus, calling him King and Messiah.

”He entered Jerusalem on a donkey rather than a horse to show the difference between his kind of kingship and that of the world; to bring peace and salvation to humanity.

”A donkey in Jewish tradition signifies peace, love, kindness and royalty; these are the virtues which Jesus’ style of leadership was built on.

”So our leaders, both political and religious, must emulate Christ as they steer the affairs of this nation.

”They must take after Jesus who uses his kingship to exalt humanity and right the ills of the society.

”If our leaders will shun corruption, primitive accumulation, religious bigotry, ethnic jingoism and sectionalism and embrace truthfulness, our nation will be great,” he said.

The cleric further admonished leaders to jettison personal interests and put the interest of their followers at the fore by sacrificing for them.

NAN reports that Palm Sunday, which is the last Sunday before Easter, also marks the beginning of the Holy Week in the Catholic liturgical calendar.

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