Christmas: Ambode, Aregbesola, Ayade, Amosun, Dickson, Wada Urge Peaceful Co-existence, Hope

GOVERNORS, in their goodwill messages, have felicitated with the citizenry over the Eid-el-Maulud and Christmas celebrations.

They urged them to embrace the virtues of love and peaceful co-existence.

The governors advised them to refrain from activities that could trigger unrest and disunity, calling for prayers for divine intervention over the country’s economic challenges.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, in his message to residents, said as the nation anticipates the change promised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) governments at the centre and state levels, it was only through peaceful co-existence and atmosphere that any positive change could materialise.

“The season of Christmas is one that exemplifies the virtues of love and peaceful co-existence. We must continue to extend a hand of love and live as one family, irrespective of our creed or colour. We must also continue to respect each other’s right to live freely and peacefully”, the governor said in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna.

He said the security challenges facing the country should not be used as an avenue to create division along ethnic and religious lines by some politicians, who, he added, were engaging in name-calling of political opponents.

Ambode said Nigeria has continued to draw strength from its diversity, saying that the citizens must, therefore, stand together and resist any attempt by any individual or group of persons to highlight such ethnic differences to further their selfish ends or fan embers of disunity.

Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola asked Muslims all over the world to use the occasion of this year’s celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad to pray for divine intervention over the country’s economic challenges.

Though the governor recognised the global nature of the economic meltdown, he said Muslims have a great role to play in offering prayers for God’s direction and interventions.

He asked the adherents to remember the teachings of Prophet Muhammad and apply them in their personal lives.

Aregbesola said in doing that, humanity would regain the lost essence of living and there would be a return to the path of God.

Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade enjoined Christians to “reflect on the import of Christmas brought about by the birth of Jesus Christ and its redemptive hope to millions of Christians around the world”.

The governor, in the goodwill message by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Ita, urged Christians to use the opportunity of the celebration to rededicate themselves to the values of love, peace, sacrifice and tolerance as embodied in the birth of Jesus Christ.

Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun described as “a divine message of love, unity and religious tolerance,” the fact that this years’ celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad almost coincided with that of the birth of Jesus Christ.

He urged Christians and Muslim faithful to live in unity and love at all times and eschew all forms of intolerance and violence.

Bayelsa State Governor Henry Seriake Dickson called on Bayelsans to imbibe the positive attributes of peace, love and forgiveness, which Christ propagated, lived and died for.

Dickson reminded the people of the importance of peace, noting that it remains a major catalyst to any meaning development, especially under a democratic dispensation.

Kogi State governor Idris Wada congratulated Nigerians for witnessing this year’s Eid-el-Maulud, Christmas and end of year festivities and enjoined them to use the atmosphere for the revival of brotherhood and service to humanity.

The governor, in a message by his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Mr. Jacob Edi, urged Nigerians to use the Christmas season for meditation and sober reflection.

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