Anthony Okoro, a Catholic priest and Parish Priest of St Christopher Catholic Church in the Oke Odo area of Lagos, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari's working visit to Lagos is poorly timed. The cleric said this in a post on his Facebook wall. He said it the visit coincides with the Holy Week, when Christians are expected to be reflecting on the resurrection of Jesus on Easter. He stated that the visit could be interpreted as a disregard for Christians urging the organisers to avoid making such mistake in future.
“Holy Thursday and Good Friday are special days for Christians to reflect the Paschal mysteries. The organizers didn’t take into account the nature of the days. I humbly conclude that such ignorance is not excusable and should not repeat itself lest, it gives room for interpretation”, he said.
''As a Lagosian by birth and as one who has spent all his life in Lagos, it is a thing of joy that our President will be visiting.
''This visit will draw federal attention to Lagos and will bring many more benefits to Lagos. On like Jonathan’s visit that was more of a campaign than a working visit.
''However, the visit was not well timed and should not take place on the most holy week of Christians. I am very sure the president, an ardent Muslim will not go on a working visit to any state on two of the most important days of Muslims.
''This visit has led to diversion of traffic, restrictions of movement, and other security measures put in place. In addition, the president will arrive on Thursday (Holy Thursday) and conclude the visit on Friday (Good Friday).
''These are special days for Christians to reflect the Paschal mysteries. The organizers didn’t take into account the nature of the days. I humbly conclude that such ignorance is not excusable and should not repeat itself lest, it gives room for interpretation.
''I wish the president and Lagosians the best but I will be in church fulfilling my religious obligations. God bless Nigeria. Happy Holy week to all Christians,'' the post read.