23rd February, 2012
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has congratulated Christians in Nigeria as they begin the observance of Lent.
As the dominant feature of the 40-day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday is constant prayers, penitence, fasting and self-denial, President Jonathan has urged Christians in Nigeria to pray fervently this Lent for greater peace, security and progress in the country.
The President also urged the Christian community to reflect deeply during the period on the virtues and ideals of human existence exemplified by the ministry of Jesus Christ on earth.
He called on Christians to commit themselves to making those virtues including brotherly love, tolerance, humility, service to others, honesty, fairness and equity more manifest in their daily lives.
President Jonathan prayed that God Almighty will answer the prayers of all Nigerians and bless the country with continued unity and rapid development.