Bishop Archibong Archibong, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Cross River chapter, on Sunday expressed optimism that Nigeria would be more prosperous in 2013 and beyond.
He also criticised the nudity in the just concluded Calabar Carnival, saying that it was not the culture of Africa.
Archibong made the comments while addressing newsmen in Calabar, saying that nudity in carnival was not the best for the state.
He said his new year message to Nigerians was that Christians should have hope in the coming year. “No matter what happens, no matter the tribulations of 2012, the word of God says that the path of the righteous is like the shining light.
“It shines more and more into a perfect day, we must have hope in God and believe that next year, things will be better,’’ he said. He urged Christians to put their trust in God and love one another, irrespective of the challenges faced in the country.
“We are hoping that things will be better because of God, we should put our trust in him, believe in him and then begin to love one another and share the message of love,’’ he said.
According to him, Christianity is all about love and “I believe that every religion is about love; once there is love, things will certainly change”.
The CAN chairman said that challenges were part of life “ and where there is no challenge, there is no promotion, problems are examination for promotion’’.
“Each time we pass through severe moment and tribulations, is only encouraging us that something better is on our way. So I give hope and believe that next year will be better,’’ Archibong said.
He, however, said there was no nudity in Calabar Carnival when the former Governor, Mr Donald Duke, started it.
SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOS
“We need to be very careful because the way we are going now in this carnival thing, we are completely forgetting about morals.
“The way people dance is now sexual, it shows that there is no shame among our women, there is no modesty.
“The people came in and borrowing us the culture that is not our culture and women staying almost naked only with pants and brassiers. “I don’t think it is good for this state or any part of the nation; it is not our culture and I believe strongly that we should not encourage it.
“We should go back to decency and modesty is most important thing.” Archibong called on organisers of the carnival to fine tune the ways participants should dance and dress during the event.
He said that moral implication of nudity was bad in a Christian life, adding that the culture of a black man did not accept it.
“In our culture, women should be respected, all their bodies should be covered and is not something that is nice, I felt bad when I saw it.
“Apart from Christianity, in our culture, it is unacceptable. It is bad and it is wrong and when something is bad we need to condemn it.
“The way we are going, we are indirectly getting too lose and what about the younger generation that is coming. “We are bringing this younger ones from primary and secondary schools in to this carnival.
“What lessons are we leaving behind, I don’t think any right thinking person will accept that in our culture,’’ Archibong said.
On the security challenges faced by the nation, he called on Nigerians to keep trusting and praying to God. “Let’s start praying and then this excessive exposure of our material wealth is the cause.
The 2012 edition of one of Africa's biggest street carnivals, the Calabar International Carnival, lived up to expectations as it attracted more foreign tourists who visited Calabar for the carnival.
It is gradually matching up to the standard big carnivals like the Nottinghill Carnival in the UK and the Rio Carnival in Brazil have set.
Even with absence of the ailing governor of the state, Liyel Imoke, the carnival didn't fail to hold as the atmosphere around the streets of Calabar was lively. Top Africa's pay-TV provider, DSTV did a live broadcast of the event. Both local and international media had their reporters covering the carnival.
Brazilian Sampa performed on the stage right before the performance of TRINADAD AND TOBAGO who used drums and acoustics to play many local tunes.
2012 CALABAR INTERNATIONA CARNIVAL is great fun filled event that truly worths all the troubles and roads closed to allow the processions of the entertainers. The carnival was started by Donald Duke, governor of the state between 1999-2007.
Headlines Newsview all
Suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Tuesday abducted no fewer than 100 girls at the Senior Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, following a violent attack in ... Full story
14 year-old bride, Wasila Tasi’u, was on Monday charged before a Rijiyar Zaki Magistrates’ Court in Kano for alleged culpable homicide.Wasila is facing the charge ... Full story
A total of 88 people were Monday killed when a car laden with improvised explosive devices (IEDS) went off at the Nyanya Motor Park at ...
Rate this article
- Billboard In India Mistakes Morgan Freeman For Nelson Mandela
- 7 And 10-Year-Old Michigan Boys Honored For Turning In A $100 Bill They Found In The Park
- Shaunie O’Neal Refutes Shaq’s Claim That He Didn’t Want Kids In Reality Show
Talented Nigerian singer and songwriter, Darey Art Alade, popularly known as Darey, has declared himself as ‘the king of RnB’ in Nigeria.The ‘Soul Muzik’ artiste ...
Apostle Helen Ukpabio gets Labelled as a ‘Witch Hunter', Critics Call for her to be Banned from the UK
According to a report on IndependentUK, the Home Secretary Theresa May is being urged to ban Nigerian Apostle Helen Ukpabio, who claims to have been ...
Lancelot Imasuen has confirmed that the British Museum will host the VIP Premiere of his Centenary epic “Invasion 1897” on August 16, 2014 in London, ...
The Ibadan home of popular gospel artiste, Yinka Ayefele, has been engulfed by fire, Nigeriafilms.com has learnt.The incident happened this morning and it destroyed some ...
The year 2013 was KCee’s, but it seems his former band mate, from the defunct KC Presh music group, Presh is plotting a major comeback ...
Lipsticks are believed to enhance beauty to the face, and likewise make a face look gloomy and miserable.You can hit up in best of attire, ...
Call him a Nollywood actor with the broadest and elegant smile, and you are not mistaken. Yul Edochie is the sons of veteran Nigerian actor, ...
Big Brother Africa, ‘The Chase’ contestant, Beverly Osu, has grabbed another deal for herself. She got a deal with an hair extension brand. She is ...
Former West African Idol contestant and ‘Botom Belle’ crooner, Omawumi Megbele better known by her stage name as ‘Omawumi, has blamed the loss of live ...
KARAT KID FEAT. PATORANKING - GALILEE Tweet Do you have a story/gist for publication? Please email it to email@example.com Go To Top Post your comment Subject: Name: Comment: Disclaimer: Do not use this ...