OJO ISAAC writes that the Archbishop of Onitsha Catholic Diocese, His Grace, Most Rev Valerian Okeke has made a strong appeal to all Nigerians irrespective of religious denomination and other affiliations to embrace charity and justice.
Archbishop Okeke made this appeal at Archbishop’s House Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha Anambra state while delivering his 2018 Christmas message.
The prelate who relied heavily on passages from Zachariah and Zephaniah said the messages in the scripture is still very applicable to humanity today particularly at a time when the birth of Jesus Christ is being celebrated.
He said justice when fully practiced would ensure that people easily get what belong to them while charity ensures that people get what they are not qualified to have.
Archbishop Okeke said the scripture has always emphasized on justice and charity which according to him is the reason it is stipulated that the downtrodden and the poor individuals in the society are given a helping hand by the affluent ones.
He said that empowering the poor in the society would go a long way to give them a sense of belonging and that they are still relevant irrespective of their socio-economic conditions but warned that neglecting the downtrodden would only be an invitation to the wrath of God who actually stipulated assistance for the poor.
The prelate opined that justice include telling the truth at all times, protection of the poor and not blocking people from getting what is due them.
“Telling lies has the tendencies to cause confusion in the society while grabbing what does not belong to one can only lead to violence, charity goes with saying the truth at all times and protection of the poor in line with scriptural injunction.” He noted.
Archbishop Okeke pointed out that a whole lot vices that has bedevilled the society would be a thing of the past if justice and charity is embraced by all and sundry.
He also used the occasion to pray for peace, stability and progress of Nigeria and Nigerians.