By Joke Adeniyi-Jackson
Christians in Kwara State yesterday trooped out in large numbers to observe Palm Sunday marking the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem over 2,000 years ago.
The procession around major roads also marked end of the forty days fasting and the commencement of Passion Week.
In Ilorin, the state capital, Christians gathered at Saint Barnabas Cathedral, Sabo-Oke for the procession that commenced at exactly 9:15am and lasted over four hours.
The procession passed through Muritala way, Maraba, Amilegbe, Ipata, Opo-Malu, part of Emir`s road, Taiwo Isale, Unity, Post Office and ended at Saint Barnabas Cathedral.
Another batch started the procession from First Baptist Church, Surulere, passed through uppper Taiwo and linked up with the first batch at Unity road.
Addressing the congregation, the Chairman of the State Christian Association of Nigeria, Evangelist Timothy Opoola charged them to fear God and serve Him in truth with all their heart.
Evangelist Opoola who is a Professor of Mathematics condemned the killings in some Northern parts of the country calling on the Federal Government to address the trend.
The Chairman also called on the Federal Government to go into negotiation and work towards the release of the and the remaining Chibok girls being held by Boko Haram.
Also speaking, the former State Secretary of CAN, Reverend Olusola Ajolore implored Christians to register to vote and participate actively in politics to elect candidates of their choice.
Prophet Emmanuel Alonge of C.A.C. Oke-Imole, Ogidi-Oloje headquarters, Ilorin called on Christians to be humble, emulate the exemplary style of Jesus Christ and let the lenten period have impact in their lives.
Prophet Alonge advised those in positions of authority to be upright and make the people the candid point of their programmes.
Reverend James Adedoyin of ECWA, Ita Elepa, Ilorin urged Christians to have trust and faith in the Lord to deliver them from all challenges.
Prophet Segun Korode of Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church,Ilorin. District Headquarters explained that Jesus Christ came to the World to salvage mankind-charging Christians to love their neighbours as themselves.
In an interview with Newsmen, the Chairman Planning Committee of the Palm Sunday, Pastor Ben Alotan, described the exercise as successful and hitch-free.
Pastor Alotan commended the peaceful conduct of the people which was a pointer to the peace and harmony in the State.
Activities marking Easter will continue with the observation of passion week, Good Friday and Easter Monday next week.