Governors, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and the All Nigeria People’s Party, ANPP, were among the groups and corporate members who yesterday offered prayers for peace and unity of the country.
Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu state and the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed enjoined Christians to promote peace and unity by exhibiting the spirit of tolerance in building a new Nigeria.
“As we celebrate with the birth of Jesus Christ and the joy it brings to the world, we must urge ourselves to use this occasion to rededicate ourselves to values and virtues that promote love, tolerance, brothers and unity among all Nigerians”, Chime said.
Dean of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Archbishop Ephraim Ademowo, of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos, decried insecurity, unemployment and power problems facing the country.
Presiding Bishop of the Redeemed Evangelical Mission, TREM, Dr. Mike Okonkwo called on Nigerian to remain peaceful and grateful to God as the message of Christmas is all about peace and joy to the World even as the ANPP National Chairman, Dr Ogbonnia Onuh asked Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the timeless virtues of peace and love for humanity especially during this Yuletide.
CAN National President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, urged Christians to take advantage of the Christmas holidays to pray for peace in every part of the country.
However, in his own message, the ANPP said the party was confident that with faith in the inestimable power of God, hope would ‘’return to hopeless; happiness for the unhappy and strength for the weak.’’
His words: “We implore our fellow country men and women to be their brother’s keepers for there is always strength in unity.
’’At all times, we should remember that despite the challenges we face, we can only overcome if we as a people come together and stay together in love and brotherhood, resolute in the pursuit of those noble virtues that heal wounds and strengthen bonds,’’ just as ‘’Christmas symbolizes the birth of a new beginning of greater promise.’’