As the ruling All Progre s s i v e s Congress (APC) on Saturday expresses its best wishes to Christians in the country and indeed all Nigerians on the joyous occasion of Easter, former Vice President of Nigeria and a chieftain of the party,
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has congratulated Christians in Nigerians, saying the country will get better. In a press statement released by Atiku’s Media Office, he urged the Christian faithful and Nigerians of other faiths to see the sacrifice and deprivation of the period preceding Easter as similar to the sacrifice and perseverance which the present economic difficulties has imposed on all Nigerians and which would finally terminate with celebration and merry-making when the difficult period is over.
The former Vice President advised all Nigerians to learn from the pain, joy, love and caring which characterise the period of Lent and the Easter celebration, and allow these virtues to continuously guide us as a people in our individual and community relationships. He says that a national attitude built on selflessness and sacrifice would go a long way in laying the foundation of true patriotism and greatness of the nation.
APC in its message signed by the party’s national publicity secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, called on Nigerians to continue to support the President Muhammadu Buhari APC-led administration as it works to deliver on the promises made to Nigerians.
Amosun urges selfless service
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has called on Nigerians to emulate the virtues and values exemplified by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Governor Amosun stated this in an Easter message on Saturday, congratulated Christians for the observance of this years’ Easter, further urging all Nigerians, Christians and Muslims alike, to emulate the life of Jesus Christ in rendering selfless service and love to others, irrespective of ethnic or religious differences. “For us as Nigerians, there is a lot to be learnt from the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ whose life exemplified unconditional love for humanity irrespective of ethnic, religious or social divides,” Governor Amosun said.
Ambode preaches sacrifice
As Christians in the country join their counterparts across the world to celebrate Easter, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has called on Nigerians to collectively imbibe the spirit of love, sacrifice and peaceful co-existence, saying that it is only when such virtues exist that the nation can make meaningful progress.
Governor Ambode, in his Easter message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said such fundamental values would go a long way in promoting and strengthening the foundation of love, peace and harmony in the country, adding that the season should serve as a reminder to all of the selflessness, love, sacrifice and tolerance of Jesus Christ throughout His earthly sojourn, his death and his resurrection.
Noting that this season calls to mind the selflessness, love and tolerance which were the hallmark of Jesus Christ during His earthly life, Governor Ambode said, “It is a season when we should pause and reflect on our individual and collective roles towards promoting and sustaining that foundation of love, peace and harmony in our society”.
Let love of nation take over, Tambuwal urges
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal in his Easter message urged Nigerians to allow love of the country reign supreme in their lives, saying forces of division have nothing to offer other than chaos and negativity. In a message issued by his spokesman in Sokoto, Tambuwal said love for the country means loving the people of the country without distinction. He further said, “Only by loving our country can we attain lofty heights in development, growth and prosperity.” He added that his administration will continue to promote unity and peaceful coexistence among the people.
Imbibe spirit of love, perseverance –Fayemi
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, in his Easter message urged Christians to imbibe the spirit of love, perseverance and sacrifice which the Lord Jesus Christ exhibited in ensuring the salvation of humanity. The message, signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Yinka Oyebode, congratulated Christians for the successful completion of the Lenten season, a period of 40 days of fasting and prayer that culminated in the Easter celebration. 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 its economic challenges and making it a better nation.
Akpabio urges patriotism Senate Minority Leader and former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has felicitated with Christians across the country on the occasion of the Easter festivity, calling on them to imbibe the lessons of love and sacrifice, which Christ’s death and resurrection symbolize.
Akpabio, in an Easter message on Saturday signed by his media aide, Jackson Udom, maintained that at this point in the life of the country, its leaders and followers alike must make sacrifices and continue to pray to God to guide the ship of the country to its fair haven.
Easter proves God’s love to mankind –Tinubu
Senator Oluremj Tinubu in her message entitled, ‘A Second Chance’, said: “The death of Jesus to pay a debt he did not owe, for the salvation of you and I who would never have been able to pay is the ultimate story of a second chance at redemption. This is the crux of our faith, the proof of God’s love for mankind and the centre of Christianity. “This second chance is our hope of freedom. We must not live in fear, depression or like those who do not know that Christ is risen,” she said.
Fear God, Ndoma-Egba urges Nigerians
The Chairman of the Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, has enjoined Nigerians and Christians in particular, to imbibe the teachings of Jesus Christ which calls for the fear of God, peace, honesty and love for one another. The Chairman, in his Easter message said, “Nigerians must use this season for a thorough introspection especially in their dealings with their fellow human beings irrespective of religious inclinations, especially in this moment in the nation’s trajectory”.
Release Kanu for Easterners at Easter –Obi
Gov. Peter Obi has used the occasion of the Easter celebration to once again call on the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu from prison, saying the gesture would be a worthy Easter gift to the South Easterners.
He said Easter celebration besides celebrating the death and resurrection of Christ, encapsulated the highest exemplification of love and sacrifice for the good of others. He called on Christians to use the occasion to reflect on the sacrifice of Christ for the salvation of mankind, saying it is a time for sharing and remembering the less privileged among the people as Christ remembered us always. “I have always maintained that religious celebrations have deeper significance mostly bothering on love.
Though people now attach Epicurean angle to all celebrations, but the fact of their origin and very conception, such as Easter, show they truly beckon on us to show love and treat one another with becoming kindness.”
Aregbesola urges Nigerians to keep hope alive
Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola charged Nigerians on the need to keep hope alive in-spite of the daunting economic challenges being faced by the country.
The Governor in his Easter message signed by his Director of Communication and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said it is in this that the citizens can be galvanized towards contributing their quota to the overall progress of the country. He further urged Christians to reflect on the import of Easter celebrations in their dealings, not only with other Christians, but with people of other religions.
Lagos Speaker preaches tolerance, peace
In his Easter message, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa called on Nigerians, particularly Christians not to relent in sharing love, peace and tolerance across the length and breadth of the country. The Speaker’s message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Razak partly reads: “Jesus Christ, throughout his lifetime, preached peace, love among the people and he was tolerance personified. Indeed if we are to imbibe the teachings of Christ, then we must love one another, live in peace and learn to tolerate each other”.
The Lagos Assembly further commended Nigerians in general and Lagosians in particular for their support, cooperation and prayers for the All Progressives Congress (APC) administrations at both state and national levels assuring that both the Lagos State Government and the Federal Government will not relent in putting in place measures and programmes that will improve the standard of living of Nigerians as well as enhance their welfare.