OrderPaperToday – In the celebration of Christmas, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has felicitated with Christians and all Nigerians, urging them to uphold love.
This message was conveyed in a press statement made available by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ola Awoniyi, on Thursday.
According to him, despite the resurgence of the Coronavirus pandemic, it should not stop people from sharing love in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Lawan noted that the resilience and positive attitudes of Nigerians will help the country to prevail against current challenges.
He said: “I celebrate with the Christian faithful and enjoin all of us to remember the essence of the august occasion.
“In the true spirit of the season, let’s show love to our neighbours, kindness to the less-privileged and vulnerable, and tolerance to one another across the lines of faith, politics and ethnicity; in the spirit of the unique sacrifice and teachings of Jesus Christ.
“With the prayers of the faithful and our continued support for the Government, I am confident that Nigeria will surmount its challenges, attain its manifest destiny of greatness and become the pride of its citizens and the entire Black World.”
He however admonished Nigerians to guard up and comply fully with the non-pharmaceutical guidelines that have been put in place by the authorities.
He assured that the federal parliament is in consultation with the relevant agencies to “ensure due diligence is followed in the procurement and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine when they become available, to ensure all Nigerians have equitable access to inoculation against the stubborn virus.”
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege on a similar noted urged Nigerians to use the occasion of the Christmas celebrations to renew their commitment to the promotion of values of tolerance, brotherhood and unity among all groups in the country.
A press statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yomi Odunuga, called on Nigerians to reflect on God’s love and compassion for man as epitomized in the gift of His only begotten son for man’s salvation.
For him, if all Nigerians allow these virtues to guide their daily lives, the society will experience less acrimony, criminality, terrorism, war and other social ills confronting our world today.
He said: “Christmas brings a powerful message: a call for all Christians to reach out to others, be our brothers’ keepers, forgive and let the light of our good deeds shine for all through care for the sick, the hungry, the downtrodden and others at the verge of despair.
“There is much more to be done and as we celebrate Christmas now. I urge all my constituents and all those supporting us in all parts of Nigeria to embrace the message of unity and hope that we all need very much today, as we march towards a great future”.