By Dayo Johnson
AKUREâ€”GOVERNOR Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State yesterday charged Nigerians on the occasion of this yearâ€™s Christmas celebration to emulate the humility of Jesus Christ who chose to be born in a manger.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kolawole Olabisi, Mimiko noted that this yearâ€™s celebration calls for sober reflection, restraints and fervent prayers for our nation. He also called for prayers for the quick recovery of President, Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua.
Said he: â€œAs we celebrate this Christmas, let us do so with moderation, we must at all times remember the whole essence of the birth of Jesus Christ who, despite the fact that he is the son of God chose to be born in a dirty manger among cattle! It is this classical case of humility and self denial which hallmarked the entire life of Christ that we should emulate today and always as we celebrate.
â€œWe should also pray for our nation, Nigeria, which has gone through a lot of stress; we should pray for our leaders, especially our dear Mr. President, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua at this period that he is sick.
“The President needs our fervent prayers so that he can come back to office and continue his good works. For us in Ondo State, we are beneficiary of his Rule of Law and we can only pray for him for quick recovery so that he could continue to pilot the ship of the nation to a safe berthâ€.
Mimiko also enjoined the people of Ondo State to continue to pray for his government so that the dividends of democracy would go round soonest.
According to the governor, â€œThe Ondo State of your dream, which you all fought for during those bitter 22 months when we fought for the retrieval of our stolen mandate and refused to be cowed despite intimidation, death threats and brutalization is being put in place as the sun has started shinning on Ondo State again.
â€œLet us persevere for a little while more and we shall all sing Hosanna. I salute your courage in the face of persecutions, your resilience and your steadfastness and your patient with us while we try to put our State on a sure footings despite attempts to thwart our good intention..â€