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Palm Sunday celebrated under shadow of elections

30 March 2015, 06:32

Lagos - Nigerians aacross the country have celebrated Palm Sunday with the results of the presidential and parliamentary elections at the back of their minds.

The elections, which were held on Saturday but spilled into Sunday in some parts of the country where some setbacks marred the process, overshadowed this year’s celebrations of one of the most prominent Sundays in the Christian calendar.

Palm Sunday marks the Sunday leading up to the Easter Holidays, which start later this week on Good Friday.

Surveys established church services were well attended with diverging from the scriptures to discuss the poll now and then.

A respondent in Plateau State Chuan Dungs said “normalcy” had returned to Jos the state capital, where Christians attended church services.

“There is no tension. People are going about their normal activities. Most Christians attended church services to celebrate the Palm Sunday,” Dungs said.

Also read:Police applaud voters’ peaceful conduct in Sokoto State

The situation was no different in Taraba State where Christians attended church services en masse.

Steven Osu, a colleague based in Jalingo, the state capital, added there was a slight increase in movement following the lapse of a curfew imposed for the election.

“Everything is normal, most shops have opened and residents are going about their activities,” said Osu.

The situation was reported normal in the South-South and South East where the Christian community attended church.

“People are going about their activities but patiently waiting for the final election result,” said Osarumwense Monday, a teacher in Benin City.

Elections were initially scheduled for 48 hours after closure of polling stations, initially scheduled for Saturday evening.

However, there is a feeling the deadline would not be attainable after polling continued on Sunday in some states.

- CAJ News


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