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"We didn't come here because we were supposed to come on Easter Sunday, we came for an encounter with the most high God", Reverend Brian Edmunds said.

Over three million Christians in the country celebrated Easter Sunday, today, as many adherents thronged churches to attend masses to celebrate the occasion.

But Jesus Christ, who was crucified and resurrected in the name of mankind, atoned for the original sin and opened the way into heaven for good and godly people.

"It was good, considering lots of working people head away for the long weekend, and Easter is in the [school] term holidays this year as well".

Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has called on Christians and all Nigerians to use this year's Easter celebration to reflect on its significance in the life of the nation.

I love Easter when families come together to share a meal, a few hours of making memories, a reminder of just how important they are to each other.

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The Syro Malabar Church Archbishop Cardinal Mar George Alencherry led the special Easter prayers and services at the St Mary's Basilica, the headquarters of Syro Malabar Catholic Church, in Kochi.

The events of Easter provide the foundation on which the whole of the Christian faith is built.

"Easter is one of those festivals people still link to the church, it hasn't been commercialised in the same way as Christmas".

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) President Rev. Samson Ayokunle has assured Nigerians that the power of resurrection will end the menace of corruption and recession. The resurrection of Christ brought new hope of eternal salvation for Christians. And that's what Easter does - gently or powerfully - that Jesus died on the cross not because God wasn't in control, but because He was - and still is. Indeed, as somebody once said, change begins with me.

"We turned it into a big celebration - we set up the chairs in a big rectangle facing the communion table".

  • Stacy Houston