This Day (Lagos)

25 December 2012

Nigerian Leaders Send Yuletide Greetings

Oshiomhole Urges Goodwill

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has urged Christian faithfuls to follow in the footsteps of Christ by doing good to all manner of persons.

In his message, Oshiomhole said that the faithfuls should use the Christmas season to show love and do good to all men as Jesus Christ did over 2000 years ago.

"As we celebrate with family and friends, we should not forget the teaching of Jesus to love our neighbours as ourselves.

Uduaghan: Peace and Tolerance are Key

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has charged Nigerians to embrace peace, love and tolerance of one another as Christians all over the world celebrate Christmas.

The Governor, who gave the charge in his goodwill message , said that was the only way the country and indeed the world can be a better place to live.

"I, therefore, call on Christians in the country to emulate Jesus Christ in words and deeds by imbibing the core lessons of love, tolerance, sacrifice, generosity and peaceful co-existence which Christ stood for", he stated.

In particular, Uduaghan enjoined Christians in Delta to remember the whole essence of the birth of Jesus Christ noting that despite the fact that Jesus was the son of God, he remains the classical example of humility and self denial.

Mark, Ekweremadu Preach Harmony, Love

Senate President, David Mark and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday congratulated Christians across the country for witnessing yet another Christmas, just as they urged Nigerians to continue to live peacefully in love and harmony.

According to him: "Christmas is a season to give and expect little in return. "It is a time to preach peace and exemplify it in line with the coming of Christ. "And for us as a people, this is the time to forgive, be more united and forge ahead in our onerous task of building a very strong and vibrant nation.

Ekweremadu observed that the nation's diversities were no excuses for the wanton destruction of human lives and property, violent crime, and corruption in the country. He said: "We should never lose sight of the fact that our founding fathers considered our diversities, but nevertheless saw in them strength and opportunity to build a virile, stable, and prosperous nation.

Kukah: Don't Lose Hope

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, has called on Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of humility and sacrifice during the Christmas festivities and should not despair, in spite of the security challenges facing the country.

According to him, Christmas is here again with news of joy and hope in a world that is increasingly becoming sad and depressed.

"For us in Nigeria, the tragic bomb explosion in the Madala Church which claimed the lives of 46 innocent people still lingers on in our memories,"

"Yet, we must look up in hope despite all our troubles, we have had some good news to cheer about,"he said.

He maintained that Nigerians must be prepared for sacrifice beyond their immediate benefits and think of the salvation of generations beyond them.

Sultan: Let's Unite to Tackle Insecurity

Sultan of Sokoto, Muhamed Sa'ad Abubakar, has asked Nigerians to seize the opportunity of Yuletide to reflect on the situation of the country and execute projects that ensure meaningful progress in the land.

The Sultan who stated this on behalf of the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs asked Nigerians to come together and join forces with the authorities in tackling the problem of corruption and insecurity that have continued to consume the country. He also asked Christians to be security conscious and report all suspicious movements to the nearest police outfit.

Pursue Peace Enugu Ag Gov Tells Nigerians

The Acting Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi has urged Nigerians to use the occasion of the yuletide celebrations to renew their commitment to the promotion of values of tolerance, brotherhood and unity among all groups in the country.

Onyebuchi who stated this in his Christmas message, said the celebrations offered Nigerians the opportunity to reflect on God's love and compassion for man as epitomized in the gift of his begotten son for man's salvation.

He said such reflections would help Nigerians understand why they should respect each others' rights, especially the right to life and to enjoy peaceful co-existence with their neighbours.

Aregbesola On the Essence of Christmas

The Governor of Osun State,Mr, Rauf Aregbesola, has appealed to all Christians to reflect deeply on the essence of Christmas in their celebration; urging them to remember the humility associated with the birth of Jesus Christ.

Also the Osun state Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has urged the citizens of the state to unite in wishing each other a yuletide full of love, and a prosperous new year in which the state will continue to make significant economic progress in a peaceful atmosphere.

Aregbesola restated his earlier position that the country's security, political and economic challenges can only be surmounted in an atmosphere of peaceful co-existence.

Suswam: Don't Forget to be Humble

Benue State Governor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam has urged Christians to imbibe the virtues of humility and love which are the hallmarks of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Suswam said that God's purpose of sending Jesus Christ into the world is to bring salvation to humanity, an action that demonstrates God's love for mankind.

The Governor posits that the birth of Christ in very humble circumstances and the simple life which Christ lived on earth commend to us the need to exhibit humility in our lives.

According him, if we let these virtues guide our daily lives, our society will experience less acrimony, criminality, terrorism, war and other social ills plaguing our world today.

Yero: Let us Work and Live Together

Newly sworn in Kaduna State governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero has urged the people of the state to use the Christmas period to reflect on their relationship with one and show love.

In his Christmas message, the governor called on the people to shun tribal and religious sentiments and work together for the progress of the state.

He noted that Christmas is not just about celebration, but it is a period to take stock and reflect on our relationship with God.

He reiterated his administration' s determination to carry on with the foundation laid by his late predecessor and appealed to the people for support and cooperation to move the state forward.

Makinde Preaches Sobriety, Repentance

Prelate of Methodist Church, Dr. Sunday Ola Makinde, has charged Nigerians not to lose focus of the significance of Christmas by merely drinking and merry making but rather by sober reflection, recalling that Jesus was "born, lived, suffered and died for us."

Makinde, in a Christmas message said Christmas should be a time for us to remember that Christians have an obligation to leave the comforts of their everyday life to help the less fortunate just as Jesus did for all of us."

He lamented that whereas God has greatly blessed Nigeria as a country, over 90 per cent of the citizenry live below poverty line adding: "despite the enormous resources deposited, over concentration and over dependence on oil and gas has made us a one-sector economy."

Fayemi Urges Peaceful Co-existence

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has urged Christians to continue to pursue love, tolerance and peace with adherents of other religions in this yuletide and throughout the new year.

The Governor, in a Christmas message said that God used the birth of Jesus Christ to pass the message of peace and love to the world.

According to him, being alive to witness another Christmas is a privilege judging by the prevailing circumstances in the nation in particular and the world at large. This, he said, calls for celebration.

Fayemi, however advised Christians to celebrate in moderation and to devote much time to appreciate God for His mercies and to reflect on ways to dedicate their lives to the service of God and humanity.

Ajimobi Seeks Forgiveness from Citizens

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has sought the forgiveness of the people of the state over some of his government's action considered painful and wicked.

At the Christmas Carol Service, he urged the people of the state particularly Christians to imbibe the spirit of love, humility, peace and selfless service which the birth of Jesus Christ has brought to the world

"Let us try and forgive those who offended us ; for those of you who I might have offended knowingly or unknowingly, particularly those of you who have had your kiosks on the streets where you are not supposed to trade removed, I pray for forgiveness," he said.

Emulate Jesus' Humility, says Mimiko

Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has charged Christians in the state to emulate the humility of Jesus Christ whom he said is the main reason for the celebration of Christmas in the world today because of his exemplary traits.

The admonition is contained in Dr Mimiko's yuletide goodwill message to the people of the state.

He noted that this year's celebrations calls for sober reflection, restraint and fervent prayers for the nation.

"As we celebrate this Christmas, let us celebrate 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. It is this classical case of humility and self denial which hallmarked the entire life of Christ that we should emulate. -

Amosun: Yes, We Can Celebrate

Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has congratulated the entire Christian community in Nigeria on the celebration of the 2012 Christmas.

He said despite the challenges confronting us as a nation, adherents of all faiths "have cause to celebrate because we are alive and resolutely determined to overcome those challenges."

In a press release signed by his Senior Special Assistant Senator Amosun said the birth of Christ signified the love of God for mankind, triumph of good over evil and victory of light over darkness.

He urged Christian faithfuls to use the opportunity of the season to reflect on the reasons for the birth of Christ and keep hope alive.

He commended the religious harmony in Ogun State and urged followers of different faiths all over the country to take their cue from the state.

Borno CAN : Let Us Pray

As a way of ending the insecurity problem in Borno State and some part of the North, the state chapter of the Christian Association Nigeria (CAN) has called on residents of the state to use the opportunity of the Christmas period to pray for full restoration of peace to the state.

State Chairman of CAN, Rev Titus Pona who made this called yesterday in his Christmas message in Maiduguri called on everybody to shift attention to the word of God so as to conquer the insecurity challenges facing the state.

Said He: " My consolation to you as our generation faces a difficult time due to prevalent security challenges in our state is to call your attention to the word of God"

Shettima: Pray for Restoration of Peace

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has asked Christians across the country to reflect on what Jesus Christ stands for and pray for restoration of peace in the nation.

The governor gave this charge yesterday in a message to the people of the state to mark the Christmas celebration. He said that peace is of benefit to all and as such every citizen must regard it as an obligation to contribute in the search for peace and security.

Governor Shettima urged the Christians to use the spiritual festival to offer prayers to God for the attainment of peace and security in Borno State, Nigeria and indeed the world. He said that prayers for peace should be sustained as an endless task especially with the challenges confronting Borno and other parts of Nigeria.

He noted that no amount of prayers is too long in seeking peace, maintaining that his administration is more than ever before deploying different and far reaching strategies that will bring about lasting peace in Borno State.

It's Stock-taking Time, Says Gov Obi

Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi has enjoined Nigerians to see the period of Christmas as not just for celebration, but a time to take stock and reflect on the past.

Governor Obi who said this yesterday, said: "Christmas is an occasion which ordinarily as Christians we celebrate with happiness because it reminds us of the mystery of our salvation. "However, this time, we have a Christmas which is characterized by sadness which arises from the numerous unpleasant situations and developments in our country.

"This period therefore actually calls for prayers and deep reflection on, and re-examination of the past lives we have led. The dictum of Socrates comes to mind here: 'An unexamined life is not worth-living.

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