Governors have urged Christians to pray for stability of the nation at this Easter season.
Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, enjoined Christians and other Nigerians to use the Easter season to pray fervently for peace and continued stability in the country.
He made the call in an Easter Message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Alhaji Abdulwahab Oba, stressing that it has become imperative that Nigerians should employ the potency of prayers in the quest to tackle the spate of violence, kidnapping and murder that have become rampant in the country.
The Governor urged Christians to imbibe the enduring lessons of forgiveness, selflessness and perseverance that the 40 day Lenten, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that the Easter Season teaches.
“There is no better time than now for Christians in Nigeria to rededicate themselves to the service of God and work towards making the society a better place in line with the teaching of Jesus Christ, he said.
In the same vein, Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, congratulated the people of the state and Nigerians in general for witnessing another Easter season.
The Governor in his Easter message, urged Ekiti people to emulate the virtues of Jesus Christ who laid down his life for the salvation of mankind.
He congratulated Christians for the successful completion of the Lenten season.
He called on Christians in the state to emulate the virtues of love and sacrifice which the Lord Jesus Christ exhibited in ensuring the salvation of humanity.
The Governor urged Christians in the state to use the period to pray for peace, development and prosperity of Ekiti State, especially as the state approaching the governorship election in two months.
He also urged them to use the opportunity to pray for God’s intervention in the affairs of the country, especially in bringing lasting solution to the escalating cases of insurgency which is threatening the peace of the country.
Fayemi advised the people of the state to be moderate in celebrating Easter noting that the period is not for eating and drinking alone but to reflect on the past and hope for a better future for themselves and the state.
Also, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun enjoined Nigerians to always resolve their religious differences amicably rather than resort to violence.
The governor, who stated this in his Easter message, noted the triumph of Jesus Christ over death through His resurrection, adding that people of all faiths should emulate the selfless sacrifice of Christ as well as the peace he preached in spite of the challenges confronting the nation.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Funmi Wakama, Amosun said that Easter is an important event in the Christian calendar, which teaches lessons on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“We must not allow the lessons of the season be lost on us. All faiths must preach peaceful evangelization, by so doing, we will be able to tolerate one another and live in peace and harmony”, he added.
The governor condemned the spate of violence in some parts of the country and called on all to eschew violence and in the spirit of the season.
“We must find other means of expressing our grievances rather than allowing such to fester, he stated, adding that “As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, let us turn our religious diversity into an advantage and continue to live in peace and harmony.”
He promised citizens of Ogun State more dividends of democracy and wished the Christian faithful a happy celebration.
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