Easter festivity: Gov Umahi charges Nigerians on unity

Nigerians, especially those of Christian faith have been charged by Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state, to avail themselves of the redemptive packages that Easter season offers, and used same to pursue peace and unity in the country.

The Governor gave the charge in his  Easter message sent in a statement through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Emma Uzo,  in Abakaliki on Saturday.

The governor, according to the Vanguard report, who is the  chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum,  has said in his message that the Easter festivity was important in Christian calendar because, according to him, it reminded Christians of the highest form of sacrifice made by Jesus Christ when He  laid his life for sinners for redemption of sin.

“As Christians all over the world celebrate Easter marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ,  Christians should use the solemnity of the season to heal all wounds arising from the last elections in the country. Christians should emulate the virtues of Jesus and strive hard to live in peace and unity with one another.

“This year’s Easter is apt as it presents a clear opportunity for Christians and Nigerians, in general, to heal the country and make peace with one another as the only panacea to development,”  Umahi said.

He, however, said that Easter as the solemnity of the celebration of the highest sacrifice made by Christ by accepting to die for mankind should serve as a pointer to all Christians in the country to make sacrifices for the peace and unity of the country.

The report said that the Governor also said that the period should be used for the healing of all wounds arising from the last general elections in the country. The governor said there was no sacrifice too much to make to achieve peace and called on Christians to emulate Jesus by giving all, adding that all that was not given is lost and prayed God to continue to sustain mankind in His everlasting love.

He acknowledged that the country had been greatly wounded by various divisive political tendencies but insisted that this year’s Easter should be the season to addressing all these challenges that faced us as a people. He further urged the people to continue to live in peace and learn to forgive one another in the spirit of Easter, the report said.

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Joseph Athanasius

Joseph Athanasius is a Public Affairs Commentator and News Writer at InfoGuide Nigeria News.

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