Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun says Year 2020 has been a most challenging one, and those fortunate enough to survive the vicissitudes of the year, must approach the Yuletide with moderation and thanksgiving.
The Governor said this in his Christmas goodwill message to the residents of the state on Thursday, made available to journalists by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin.
Governor noted that the year had witnessed the COVID-19 pandemic, and other occurrences, which called for sober reflection during and beyond the festive period from all Nigerians.
The governor cautioned that with the second wave of COVID-19, Christmas celebrations should be done with strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines and protocols issued by the Federal Government as adopted in the State to keep up the fight against the dreaded virus during the festive season.
He called attention to the increasing numbers of coronavirus infections worldwide with the same pattern already noticeable in Nigeria and urged people to think very carefully about their holiday season plans, especially merrymaking.
He said, “The festive season is normally a time to show love, relax and celebrate but the current situation as occasioned by COVID-19 is far from the ideal.
“Celebrations in approved size of social gatherings without observing the precautions such as social distancing, use of face masks and regular hand washing can very quickly turn to avenues for super spread of the virus and undermine the gains we have recorded so far in the fight against this common enemy.
“Christmas is a season of love and giving. And I think the best way to show love and the best gift to give this season is the gift of health to ourselves and our loved ones during this Yuletide season and beyond.”
“I urge us all to continue to give thanks to the Almighty from the depth of our hearts as survivors of the dreaded coronavirus and 2020.
“We are all beneficiaries of divine benevolence, grace and glory. So as we honour and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, we must not be carefree in our conduct and we must be considerate about public health and safety.”
Above all, the governor urged Nigerians to embrace the virtues and essence of Christmas.
He said, “The season symbolises Jesus Christ – the harbinger of peace, love, good tidings and hope. It therefore behoves us all to manifest the essence of this season by showing love, being our brother’s keeper and keeping hope of a better future alive.”