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By Sam Eyoboka & Luminous Jannamike
TODAY, March 6, 2019 is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the lenten season.
This came as the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, has urged Nigerians to pray for the country’s freedom from the bondage of corruption.
According to a release by Director of Social Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Gabriel Osu, “the Lenten season is a period of 40 days during which Christians are encouraged to intensify prayers, abstinence, fasting and alms giving.
“In Catholic churches all over the world, the faithful are expected to receive ash on their foreheads as a sign of repentance and a reminder that we all came from ash and will someday return to ash.
“Here in the Archdiocese of Lagos, the faithful would be led into the Lenten season by the Archbishop of Lagos, His Grace, Alfred Adewale Martins, at the Holy Cross Cathedral.”
Catholic Bishops urge citizens to pray for Nigeria
Meanwhile,  in a special message by the President of CBCN, Archbishop Augustine Akubeze, to mark the beginning of this year’s Lenten season, CBCN said: “We cannot move forward if we do not turn to God in prayer. The prosperity of Nigerians is being held captive by corruption. Let us pray and work for the liberation of Nigeria so that every Nigerian can realise their God-given potentials
“We must as the Holy Father said, turn away from the culture of dominating the weak. We must turn away from the culture of individualism.
“We must turn away from corruption and politics of bitterness. We must turn away from the rhetoric of hate speech, which creates mutual suspicion among ourselves.”

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