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Easter: Fashola calls for consolidation of democracy….Lagos residents in low-key celebration

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

LAGOS — As Christians in Lagos celebrate Easter with the rest of the world, Governor Babatunde Fashola, has called for consolidation of the gains of democratic governance even as most of the Christians in the state stayed in doors to observe the celebration.

In his Easter message to residents of the state and Nigerians in general, Fashola said Nigerians must now, more than ever before, imbibe the virtues of the season which, according to him, include love, forgiveness and perseverance as exemplified by Jesus Christ.

His words: “We must work on those things that unite rather than divide us as a country. In a season when we seek forgiveness, let us also forgive others.

“Indeed, if Easter is the foundation of hope that Christ will return, then let us not lose hope in our ability to rise again in our capacity to redefine our common humanity.

“Let us not take for granted God’s infinite wisdom in bringing us together to live in one world and one nation irrespective of our diverse faiths, cultures, tribes and tongues as well as traditions.”

Urging that such diversities should be turned into a source of strength, Fashola described Lagos as “a model of harmonious and peaceful co-existence; a melting pot of all religions, cultures, tribes and tongue.

“I urge you to continue to uphold this tenet even as your government spares no effort daily to deliver to you a brighter, rewarding future.”

Meanwhile, most Christians in Lagos State stayed indoors with their families to observe the Easter celebration, saying the season calls for sober reflection because of what the period signifies.

Vanguard observed that most of the fun spots in the state recorded low patronage.


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