In spite of the evil machinations of terrorists, criminals and their collaborators, our administration remains ardently focused on efforts to successfully execute the Federal Government’s Agenda for National Transformation and achieve sustained development.” With these words, President Goodluck Jonathan sued for peace as Christians celebrate Easter today.
Many governors and leaders in the country echoed his sentiment.
“My belief in our ability to overcome all retrogressive and divisive forces in our midst and build a strong, united and prosperous nation by turning our unique diversity into a source of strength remains unshaken and we will continue to work with all interest groups and stakeholders in the country to achieve the peaceful, secure and politically stable conditions essential for rapid socio-economic development,” the President added in his message.
“But we cannot afford to rest on our oars. Much remains to be done and we will continue to count on the patriotic support of all Nigerians as we strive to achieve more inclusive economic growth, generate more national wealth and create more employment opportunities to meet the demands of our increasingly youthful population.”
Jonathan commended the leadership and delegates to the ongoing National Conference, “the vast majority of who have shown a patriotic and praiseworthy commitment to national unity, peace and progress built on justice, fairness and equity for all component parts of the country.”
The President pointed out: “As the Conference breaks into committees to continue its deliberations, it remains our hope and expectation that the end result will be meaningful and enduring contributions towards strengthening national unity and fulfilling our collective desire for a better and greater nation.”
He extended his heartfelt commiserations to all the families who lost loved relatives in recent terrorist attacks.
“Our armed forces and security agencies will continue to do their very best to curb such attacks and restore full security to all parts of our beloved country.”
In his Easter message, the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, called on Nigerians to work together to make the country safe and peaceful.
He prayed that the peace, joy and forgiveness which the season of Easter brings heal the nation.
A former Vice President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in his own message, called on Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love and sacrifice, and to watch out for the well-being of one another.
Atiku enjoined Christians, and, indeed, all Nigerians, to internalize the spiritual gains and benefits of the season for an improved society.
He noted that the ongoing security challenges in our country are saddening, but they also provide an opportunity for us to come out as one people and one nation, to stand together against any persons or forces, which may seek to divide us.
The former Vice President also urged Nigerians to contribute their quota to national security, by reporting any suspicious activity to the police.
Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, asked Nigerians to resolve their religious differences amicably rather than resort to violence.
He noted the triumph of Jesus Christ over death through His resurrection, adding that people of all faiths should emulate the selfless sacrifice of Christ as well as the peace he preached in spite of the challenges confronting the nation. Kwara State governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, enjoined Christians and other Nigerians to use the Easter season to pray fervently for peace and continued stability in the country. He stressed that it has become imperative that Nigerians should employ the potency of prayers in the quest to tackle the spate of violence, kidnapping and murder that have become rampant in the country.
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State observed that no society can experience real progress without sacrifice. In his Easter message, Obiano said that the celebration of Easter amplifies the significance of sacrifice to human progress.
EDO State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, urged Nigerians not to despair and lose faith in the nation despite her challenges, saying with prayers, the country will overcome her trials and achieve her greatness.
In his Easter message, Oshiomhole urged Nigerians to seek the face of God and pray for the return of peace to every part of the country.
Kogi State deputy governor, Mr. Yomi Awoniyi, called for continuous prayers for the progress of the State and the country. Awoniyi called on Nigerians to learn the act of sacrifice, which is the cardinal reason of Christ’s death and significance of His resurrection.
Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, advised Nigerians to be security conscious while making merriment. Senator Ndoma-Egba, in his message, explained that Easter is a good time for Christians to rejoice because Jesus Christ, through his death and resurrection, redeemed mankind.
Meanwhile, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has declared today as a day of special prayers for the families of the victims of Nyanya bomb blast.
In a press statement in Benin City, by the National President of PFN, Dr. Felix Omobude, it mourned the loss of “our fallen compatriots in Abuja, many of whom were felled in their prime”. “We pray for comfort and solace for the grieving families, friends of the departed and the generality of Nigerians. We also wish the survivors who are receiving treatment speedy recovery, while praying for God to restore all that they have lost.
We encourage all Nigerians to come together to fight this evil”, the PFN added. It condemned what it described as “the persistent abduction of school girls in the North Eastern zone of Nigeria by the social renegades called Boko Haram and called on the Federal Government to ensure that all the girls are rescued without delay and without hurt to anyone of them”.