Pray for peace, unity, Akinjide enjoins Nigerians
As the world celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ today, the Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chief Olajumoke Akinjide, has called on Nigerians to remain steadfast in their prayers for peace and unity in the country.
The minister, in a yuletide message signed by her Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Oluyinka Akintunde, stated that the country could only realise its full potentials in an ambience of peace and unity.
She beseeched the citizens to reflect on the virtues of love, peace and tolerance as exemplified by Jesus Christ, in order to build a new Nigeria.
“The Christmas period is celebrated as a season of peace, goodwill and hope across national boundaries. It offers us a unique opportunity to express and share Christ’s message of love, peace, unity and reconciliation to all men and women.
“Residents of the FCT should use the festive period for increased spiritual devotion towards living in peace and harmony with adherents of other faiths. By so doing, we will be emulating Jesus Christ in words and deeds, and imbibing the core lessons of love, tolerance, sacrifice and generosity which Christ stood for.”
She assured the FCT residents that the Administration would continue to pursue policies and programmes that would impact positively on their lives.
“The Administration is making considerable progress in the transformation of the FCT. It will continue to identify and develop job creation opportunities for the people in order to achieve inclusive growth,” she added
Akinjide, who wished residents a blissful Christmas and rewarding New Year, prayed that the New Year would usher in more progress, prosperity and fulfilment for the people and the nation.
‘Shun all forms of violence, social vices’
By Olayinka Olukoya- Abeokuta
As Christmas is being celebrated all over the world today, the Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta, has urged Nigerians to shun all forms of violence and social vices.
The body enjoined all warring groups in the country to sheathe their swords and embrace peace, so as to pave the way for serenity and tranquility.
The Diocesan Administrator, Msgr Christopher Ajala, in a statement made available to the Nigerian Tribune on Monday, lamented the devastation caused by the Boko Haram insurgency, which had displaced many people.
According to him, insecurity had become the order of the day, adding that many innocent persons now go about their daily routine because of fear of the unknown.
He advised people to live in accordance to the teachings of God, saying everyone would be accountable for their deeds on judgment day.
The group admonished the citizens to extend hand of fellowship to the less privileged in the society.
The statement read in parts, “We pray for peace in all the nations of the world, particularly Nigeria as we face the scourge of Boko Haram.
“Let varying factions which are aggrieved find means to reconcile with one another, so that the abundant life promised by Jesus can be felt by all.”
Xmas: Oni urges Nigerians to rededicate themselves to God
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National vice chairman (South-West), Chief Segun Oni, has urged Nigerians, especially members and supporters of the PDP in the South-West, to use the Christmas period to rededicate themselves afresh to the service of the Almighty God.
Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Lere Olayinka, the PDP National vice chairman, in his goodwill message on the occasion of the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ said; “More than merry-making, Nigerians should reflect deeper on the humility that characterised the birth of Jesus Christ and the fulfilment of God’s promises concerning His birth.”
Oni said: “As the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ also symbolises love and fulfilment of God’s promises, it has become more than ever necessary that, not minding what anyone must have done to us, we must not stop being kind and dedicated to God.”
He congratulated Nigerians, especially members and supporters of the PDP on witnessing another Christmas.
Speaking further, Oni said: “I want to use the occasion of this Christmas to urge all Nigerians irrespective of their faiths to rededicate themselves afresh to the service of the Almighty God.
“Let us continue to show love to people around us bearing in mind that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first.”
Celebrate Xmas with moderation —Ekiti PDP chairman
By Sam Nwaoko- Ado-Ekiti
Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ekiti State, Mr Makanjuola Ogundipe, has felicitated with the people of the state and Nigerians in general, on the occasion of this year’s Christmas celebration.
Ogundipe, in a statement he made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti, on Sunday, also urged them to celebrate the season with moderation and remember the reason for the season.
The Ekiti PDP boss in the statement signed by his media aide, Mr Femi Omolusi, described Christmas as “the blessed season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love,” adding that “Christmas is a state of mind to cherish peace and goodwill.”
He urged Christians to “pray for Ekiti State and Nigeria at this season of love, for the betterment of all,” and prayed that “the citizenry would witness many years of Christmas celebration to come.”
According to him, “the birth of Jesus Christ will not be vain in our life” and urged those at the helm of affairs to “shun politics of bitterness and show love to their followers.”
Ogundipe appealed to those at the helms of affair at all levels to provide social amenities to the citizenry and good welfare package for the civil servants in the various states.
2013 will be better —Lanlehin
By Saheed Salawu
IN SPITE of the challenges facing the country, a member of the Senate representing Oyo South Senatorial District of Oyo State, Olufemi Lanlehin, has urged Nigerians to expect better times in the year 2013.
In his Christmas/New Year message, contained in a statement issued by his media aide, Olawale Sadare, Senator Lanlehin urged Nigerians to remain steadfast in their belief and commitment to a virile and prosperous nation.
“The outgoing year (2012) is, no doubt, one most Nigerians would want to put behind them in view of certain unpleasant happenings, most of which resulted in the loss of many precious lives and valuable resources.
“However, every Yuletide comes with joy, happiness and new hope. In this regard, we felicitate with our Christian brethren as well as other citizens of the world on witnessing this season even as we urge them not to despair but remain more steadfast in their prayers and commitment.
“The new year (2013) promises a good turnaround in our individual and collective lives as a people bound together by a common destiny of greatness and prosperity. What we need to do, therefore, is to promote the spirit of brotherliness among ourselves regardless of religious, ethnic or political differences,” Lanlehin stated.
Oyo Speaker urges Christians on love
By Dare Adekanmbi
The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Alhaja Monsurat Sunmonu, has charged Christians to imbibe the spirit of love and humility that go with the celebration of Christmas.
The Speaker stated this in a release issued by her Publicity Officer, Mrs Afolake Balogun, and made available to the Nigerian Tribune on Sunday.
Alhaja Sunmonu called on Christians to remember the poor and the less privileged in care and sharing, during and after the festive season.
She reminded them that the essence of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ was basically to show love to one another.
The Speaker, who is the deputy chairman of Nigeria’s Conference of Speakers, called on Christians to use the yuletide period to pray for peace and harmony in the country and the state, while admonishing them on moderation in all that they do during the festivities.
She called on the people of the state not to relent in their support for the present administration in the state, assuring them that the year 2013 would bring more good tidings for all in the state.
Baraje enjoins Nigerians to embrace love, peace
The former acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, enjoined all Nigerians irrespective of their religious beliefs, to imbibe and emulate the spirit of the season of Christmas, which teaches love, joy, peace, justice and kindness.
Alhaji Baraje made these remarks in his Christmas message to Nigerians.
He urged Nigerians to continue to promote the unity of the country and guide against utterances or behaviours that could disintegrate our nation as one entity.
The former PDP acting Chairman who wished all Nigerians a blissful and peaceful Christmas celebration, pleaded with the citizens to embark on progressive programmes, that would make our march towards nationhood realised within a short period.
Alhaji Baraje commended the leadership qualities of the political leader of Kwara politics, Senator Bukola Saraki, and equally praised the efforts of the state governor, Alhaji AbdulFatai Ahmed, for his developmental programmes, in putting smiles on the faces of Kwarans and for building on the leadership qualities of Senator Saraki.
He therefore urged Kwarans to maintain a peaceful co-existence and shun acts that could derail the harmonious relationship the state had been known for since creation.
The PDP boss urged the clergymen to continue to pray for the leaders and the followers, noting that the nation was gradually overcoming her challenges, stressing that no nation grows without facing economic and security challenges.
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