The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo, Most Rev. Emmanuel Badejo, has called on leaders and Nigerians to emulate Christ’s sacrifice as Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Badejo made the call in his Good Friday message in Ibadan.

Badejo enjoined all leaders, people in authority and Nigerians to emulate Jesus to improve society and institutions.


The catholic bishop stressed that Good Friday teaches the best qualities of leadership in service, humility and love.

He noted that Good Friday represents all the challenges and problems in life, at work, in the family and country at large.

He explained that those problems will be solved not just by praying but by serious, honest and selfless efforts by everyone to do good and oppose sin and evil.

“Nigeria is not beyond repair but it is righteousness that exalts a nation.

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“Good Friday is the day on which Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice, giving His life on the cross for the salvation of the world.

“That is exactly what is good about it, even though his suffering and death are painful and unjust.

“Jesus Christ, the son of God, gave his life in love and humility, leaving His glory aside. By His death on Good Friday, Jesus taught us that there are benefits in making sacrifices for the good of others.

“Such suffering or sacrifice, like that which a mother makes for her children, or a friend for another, is pleasing to God.

“Good Friday invites us to repent, do away with sin, but do something for the good of others and thus, enjoy God’s favour,” he said.