As Christians in Nigerian join their counterparts all over the world to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, prominent Nigerians from all walks of life have been sending their goodwill messages to Christians.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, in a message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, urged Nigerians to unite in order to overcome the security and other development challenges presently confronting the country.
He said mutual respect among adherents of various faiths in the country would guarantee peaceful coexistence among different religions in Nigeria.
Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Abubakar in his Easter greetings to Nigerians, called for respect for the diversity of the nation and promotion of harmonious coexistence.
The IG directed all AIGs and commissioners of police to provide adequate security to all worshippers and places of worship, just as he called on all Christians and peace loving Nigerians to emulate the virtues of forgiveness which Christ exemplified in his passion and death.
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), in a message signed by its publicity secretary, Anthony Sani, urged Christians to inspire peaceful coexistence that comes with tolerance, accommodation and relative pluralism which are needed for any meaningful socioeconomic development.
Kaduna State governor, Mr. Patrick Yakowa in a statement signed by his spokesman, Reuben Buhari, said Easter should not be used as a period of merriment only, but a time for sober reflection and commitment to belief in God and service to humanity. He reminded all Nigerians on the need to imbibe the spirit of tolerance and forgiveness which he said are the hallmark of the Easter season.
The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, in an Easter message release signed by his Press Secretary, Olayinka Oyebode called on the state indigenes to commit his administration into the hands of God saying that success is achievable with the support of the electorate who voted him into office.
The governor called on Christians in the state to emulate love and sacrifice which the Lord Jesus Christ exhibited in ensuring the salvation of humanity.
In his goodwill message, Kwara State governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed advised Christians to use the Easter period to show greater commitment to peace and unity of the country.
The message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Alhaji Abdulwahab Oba, said the period should be used to reflect on the essence of nation building, noting that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ climaxed his mission on earth which is the redemption of mankind and the restoration of the essence of God.
The Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Professor Ade Abolurin in his Easter message called on Nigerians to eschew violence and embrace peace during the Easter celebration.
The Civil Defence boss charged celebrants to make firm judgement and devote more time to study the holy Bible which compels mankind to emulate the love nature of the Messiah.