24th December, 2013
Love is the thrust of the celebratory messages sent out by Nigeria’s politicians to compatriots in marking Christmas.
From President Goodluck Jonathan, to Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Governor Ibikunle Amosun to Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Nigerians were told to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, the central theme of which was ‘Love’.
Here are some of the various messages:
President Goodluck Jonathan:
I greet and felicitate with you all as we celebrate Christmas once again.
I join our Christian compatriots and all other Nigerians in giving thanks to God Almighty whose Grace and Benevolence has helped our nation to overcome the many challenges it has had since we celebrated Christmas last year.
The annual commemoration of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ is a most auspicious time for us, as individuals and as a nation, to rededicate ourselves to the virtues and ideals which the Messiah preached and exemplified during his earthly ministry.
Let us all therefore resolve this Christmas to make the ideals of peace, harmony, tolerance, love and goodwill to all even more manifest in our interactions with others.
It remains my sincere belief that no height of human accomplishment is beyond us as a nation, if we can overcome our differences, such as they are, and forge a binding national consensus to put the progress and well-being of the country above all other considerations.
My administration will do all within its powers and abilities to ensure that when representatives of our people assemble for the forthcoming national conference next year, they will have every opportunity and encouragement to make very significant contributions towards forging the required consensus for sustained national peace, unity and progress.
It is also my expectation that the national conference will contribute in no small measure towards the urgent resolution of contentious issues which currently hinder our progress as a nation.
With God Almighty as our Guide, Strength and Enabler, My Administration will continue to implement its Agenda for National Transformation in furtherance of its avowed commitment to improving the living conditions of all Nigerians.
We will continue to count on the prayers, support and cooperation of all patriotic Nigerians in the coming year as we consolidate and build on our achievements in several sectors including national security, power supply, communications, transportation, health and education.
As we commemorate the birth of the Prince of Peace, let us all strive to honour Him more by living our lives as He taught; by making personal sacrifices for the good of others, by showing greater love for others, by being fairer and more honest in our dealings with others, by being ever-willing to forgive those who offend us and by always extending goodwill towards others.
On behalf of myself, my family and the Federal Government, I wish you all very joyful Christmas celebrations, and a peaceful and prosperous 2014.XMAS: AMAECHI URGES CHRISTIANS TO PRAY FOR NIGERIA
Governor Rotimi Amaechi:
“Let me congratulate our Christian brothers and sisters and as well encourage them to emulate Christ in all their dealings.
We must as a people under one God seek God’s interference in our country’s democracy. We must see it as our duty to pray to God for the good of our dear country Nigeria, we must pray for our leaders and always pray to God to give us good leaders that can lead our dear country to greatness.”
The NGF Chairman further advised Christians to reciprocate God’s love to their fellow Nigerians despite their ethnic or religious affiliation. “In a time like this we must also shun religious bigotry and ethnic parochialism, and concentrate on the things, the values that unite us a country.”
“For us as a government, we shall continue to use our God given resources to develop Rivers State, and improve on the lives of everybody resident in our state. We are aware of the enormous challenges and distractions to make us lose focus but we will continue to resist them and remain resolute in delivering the dividends of democracy to our people”, Amaechi said.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State,southwest,Nigeria has enjoined Christians to use the occasion of Christmas to renew love and affection to one another.
Amosun, in his Christmas message, said this is the essence of the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, whose life epitomised peace, sacrifice, tolerance and mercy.
“it is hoped that the gift of love and great joy which are the hallmark of Christmas, will envelope our hearts this season and in years to come. Jesus Christ was a gift to show God’s exceeding love for mankind and we must reciprocate this gesture by imbibing the virtues and ideals of forgiveness, justice, fairness, understanding and meekness, all of which he exemplified.
“With this, we will end 2013 with a renewed mind that will ultimately usher us into a new dawn of unending tranquillity and true brotherhood which Jesus Christ taught and lived for”, he added.
The governor however wished the Christian faithful a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.
Senator Gbenga Ashafa
The Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Senator ‘Gbenga Ashafa has enjoined all and sundry to see this Yuletide period as another opportunity to show love and unity to one another.
Ashafa, who represents Lagos East Senatorial District, at the upper chamber of the National Assembly said that Christmas is not just a time for festivity and merry making. It is a time for the contemplation on eternal activities.
“It is the spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God,” he averred.
While wishing all Christian faithfulls Merry Christmas, Ashafa added that if all can jettison religious rivalry, our Nation would no doubt be a peaceful one that would attract rapid development in terms of basic amenities for the general masses.