Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, has urged the people of Rivers State, to use the period of the Easter celebration to exhibit courage, selflessness, generosity and good neighbourliness.
Peterside, who gave the advice in an Easter message to the people of the state, which was made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt, stated that displaying such virtues will bring about a better society.
The NIMASA Director-General said the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ exemplify courage, perseverance, pain and triumph over even the most difficult challenges.
He said, “Jesus Christ as the only Son of God could have used his position and powers to avert his betrayal and eventual crucifixion despite being aware but chose to lay down his life to prove triumph over death and the redemption of mankind.”
Peterside, who is also a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), commended Christians in the state for their steadfastness, prayers and cooperation for making sure that governments at various levels keep to their promises and make the society a better place.
He praised Rivers people for uniting to fight against societal ills that negate the reason for the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ, adding that Christians must continue to be prayerful and look unto God to raise leaders that will bring good to all parts of the state.
The NIMASA boss said, “The period of Easter is also a season for friendship, forgiveness, love and rededication to the ideals of Christianity. As Christians, the significance of the season must not be lost on us, we must do things that promote peace, progress and development of humanity.”
Peterside used the opportunity to thank Nigerians for supporting President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, which he said has been working painstakingly to right the wrongs of the past and put the country on a sure footing.
He said, “There have been challenges, difficult moments that have faced the Federal Government led by President Buhari but like in the significance of the season, he is being courageous, patient, unwavering in his desire to take Nigeria out of the woods and place her on a sound pedestal.
“I want to thank Nigerians for their support so far and I can only ask for more. The times may have been challenging but the difficult moments are beginning to give way to hope, economic prosperity and fulfilment of our hopes and aspirations.”