President Muhammadu Buhari, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and governors have called on Nigerians to show love and live in peace with one another as they mark this year’s Christmas.
During the President’s message on Saturday, he urged them to set aside their differences and celebrate the joy and love that the season brings.“I heartily rejoice with our Christian brothers and sisters on the occasion of this year’s Christmas,” he said.
The CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh also sends his message, despite Nigeria’s “precarious situation” as he informs “religious and political leaders, as well as the media, should use this Christmas season to reinforce the hope of the masses in a better, more peaceful, and secure Nigeria come 2023.“Let the Yuletide season be a period of strengthening ourselves and others; reminding one another that there is no difficult situation that the presence of Jesus cannot address; giving hope to the hopeless; comforting the oppressed and being the voice of the voiceless.“The prophecies of the birth of our Lord assure us His enduring presence which delivers from all troubles and will surely restore the dignity and joy of our dear country, Nigeria.” he said.
State governors in their Christmas messages also re-echoed hope and love, telling Nigerians that though the country may be facing several challenges on different fronts, things will pan out better.
“I join the Christian faithful in our dear Rivers State and the entire world in celebrating the joyous occasion of Christmas,” Governor Nyesom Wike said.
Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State described Christmas as a period marked by love, compassion, sacrifice, selflessness, and forgiveness among others.“I celebrate with all Christians on this joyous occasion of commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Love, compassion, sacrifice, selflessness, and forgiveness are the basis for the celebration so I urge all Nigerlites to use this period to reflect and practice these principles for a better society,” his message read.
Governor Ademola Adeleke reminded Nigerians not to forget the essence of the season.“This season is another opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the true teachings of Jesus Christ, which has love at its heart. In love, we will have no trouble enduring each others’ differences and live in harmony, which holds the key to prosperity,” he said.
“As much as I share in the joy that comes with the period, may I indulge us not to forget the very essence of the celebration, and in that regard, ensure we use the occasion to bond with our neighbours and more, help the needy.” “I just want to assure our citizens that the government and the people of Lagos State will continue to be law-abiding,” Governor Sanwo-Olu told Lagosians in his Christmas message.