Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Mudashiru Obasa have urged Nigerians, Christians in particular, to imbibe the spirit of love, sacrifice and forgiveness displayed by Jesus Christ during his lifetime.
The duo in their separate messages emphasized the need for Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of tolerance, peaceful co-existence and sacrifice for one another, which Jesus Christ demonstrated throughout his period on earth.
The Governor, in his Easter message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said the celebration of the resurrection of Christ which the season represents, should be a constant reminder for everyone to extend the virtues of selflessness, love, sacrifice and tolerance.
He particularly urged Christians to use the season as a period to reflect on their individual and collective roles towards promoting and sustaining the foundation of love, peace and harmony in the nation.
“We must therefore see this period as a time that presents us the viable opportunity to think about how we can help to steer our nation back on the road to peace, stability and prosperity, by working in the spirit of togetherness because no nation can make any meaningful progress in an atmosphere riddled with pockets of violence and killings,” the Governor said.
He said with the elections over, it was time for every Nigerian, to unite together and eschew bitterness along ethnic and religious lines for the sake of a more prosperous Nigeria, adding that no challenge is insurmountable where unity of purpose thrives.’’
Ambode also commended Lagosians for the sustained peaceful co-existence that the State has experienced since the commencement of his administration despite being home to multi ethnic, cultural and religious diversities.
In the same vein the Lagos Assembly Speaker in a statement issued signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Musbau Rasak said, “Jesus Christ was an embodiment of love throughout his life time. He preached forgiveness throughout and even displayed such on the cross. To cap it all, he eventually sacrificed his life for his people.
‘’These are essential qualities for us to imbibe and practice for us to grow as a nation and achieve greatness.”
Obasa, who is also the Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria expressed appreciation to Nigerians for their support and prayers for the All Progressives Congress (APC) government at national and state level, saying the party would not relent in reciprocating the support and prayers by putting in place programmes and projects that will enhance their standard of living and improve their welfare.
“We, in the APC, appreciate the prayers and support of Nigerians for our administration at all levels. I want to assure you that we will continue reciprocate the prayers and support by putting in place programmes and projects that will improve the standard of living of our people and enhance their welfare.
“On behalf of my colleagues in the Lagos State Assembly, I wish Nigerians, especially, Christians, a happy Easter celebration,” he said.
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