News: Osinbajo, Ambode, Dickson, Ahmed, Ortom, CAN advocate Peace at Easter.
Osinbajo, Ambode, Dickson, Ahmed, Ortom, CAN advocate Peace at Easter.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday urged Nigerians to show love to one another irrespective of their tribes and religions.
Osinbajo made the call during an interview with reporters shortly after the Easter Service held at the Aso Villa Chapel, Abuja.
He said, “It is a message of love of Jesus Christ to all mankind. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever that believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
“It is a message of love for all. There is no tribe, no religion; regardless of faith, Jesus loves us. This is how we should relate with ourselves. It is a pure love and I think that is what everyone should bear in mind at this time.”
Earlier in his sermon titled, “Revelations on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ,” which he delivered during the service, Osinbajo said the reason for the season was demonstrated by the two thieves who were nailed to the cross with Jesus Christ.
According to him, the sins of the thief who was on the right hand of Christ were forgiven because he told Jesus to remember him in his kingdom.
“Jesus before now had shown that he came to stand with criminals, sinners. For instance, John 8:3 proved to us that Jesus intervened in the case of a woman who committed adultery. In Luke 19:5, Jesus was seeing Zacchaeus, a corrupt man. So, Jesus had a characteristics of being around criminals.
“He said I have come for these people. Between the criminals was Jesus Christ; one repenting and the other mocking. Spiritually, Jesus stood between hell and heaven. His cross is a cross of mediation; he is an intercessor. All that is required is to believe in Him; acceptance of his commitment he made on the cross,” he said.
He said the country and, indeed, the world would be a more peaceful place, if Christians and adherents of other religions saw themselves as one and the same people, irrespective of their religious, political, cultural and ethnic differences.
The governor said, “The security and economic challenges we are currently facing can be surmounted, but we need to make greater sacrifices, show more love and understanding to one another.
‘’We need to be more tolerant and always preach peace to pave the way for rapid growth in all ramifications.”
The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, on Sunday urged
Nigerians, especially Christians, to imbibe the lessons of Easter.
While congratulating Christians for a successful completion of lent, the governor called on Kwara State residents to be united and renew their commitment to moral rejuvenation in the state.
This was contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Alhaji Abdulwahab Oba, on Sunday.
The governor also called on Kwara residents to pray more for the success of the current Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari in its determination to restore dignity and honour to Nigeria.
Ahmed said, “I urge Christians to remain committed to the service of God and humanity. You should be determined to show affection, care and sympathy to all and sundry as demonstrated by Jesus Christ. As you came out pure and simple from this spiritual rejuvenation, you are expected to live an exemplary life of Jesus Christ.”
In a related development, the Christian Association of Nigeria has given assurance that the power of resurrection of Jesus Christ will end the menace of corruption and stabilize the economy out of recession.
The President of CAN, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, stated this in Abuja on Sunday in his Easter message to Nigerians.
He said, “I wish all Nigerians a happy Easter in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. It is a season of hope, joy and restoration. The Lord that rolled away the stone from the mouth of the tomb to put the enemy to shame will roll away all the causes of economic hardship from our nation in the name of Jesus.
“Corruption will be a thing of the past. As earthquake came to help in removing all hindrances to the resurrection of Christ for a glorious dawn to emerge, the God of heaven will divinely intervene to bail our nation out of economic downturn in the name of Jesus.”
Similarly, the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has urged the people of the state to eschew bitterness, embrace peace and show love to one another in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ.