The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has called on Christians to rise up and Christianise Nigeria instead of complaining that Muslims want to Islamise the nation .
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Onaiyekan made the call in his homily at a mass to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at Our Lady of Perpertual Help Parish , Gwarinpa II on Sunday in Abuja.
“ So, let nobody deceive you, I don’ t think there is anybody who has plan to Islamise Nigeria, but even if they do , they have every right to do so.
“ They have every right to do so provided they also know that I have the right to Christianise the whole of Nigeria .
“ The answer is not in complaining and crying; stand up like a man and Christianise Nigeria ,” the Cardinal said .
He said that Christians had the mandate to preach Jesus Christ to everyone without being distracted with materialism .
Onaiyekan urged Christians to defend their faith by preaching the gospel in words and deeds without comprising the message of the cross .
He said that the disciples of Christ preached the crucified Christ , accepted persecution and that many even died for their faith .
“ People complain that Christianity is being persecuted , they are saying that some people want to Islamise the nation . Just know that nobody can Islamise you unless you agree to be Islamised .
“ For as long as you are not ready to stand up and carry the cross, you are on the verge of losing your faith ; if you don ’t want to lose your promotion for Christ sake , you are also not worthy to be a Christian.”