As the world celebrates Easter, the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has called Nigerians, especially residents of the state, to embrace peace, love and unity.
This was contained in his Easter message to indigenes and residents of the state made available to journalists in Abeokuta, by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin.
He appealed to Nigerians to avail themselves with what the resurrection of Jesus Christ symbolised, and live in peace.
While he said the country was indeed going through challenges, he urged the people to emulate the love Christ showed while being crucified, in order to move the country forward.
Governor Abiodun stated that the resurrection of Jesus had indeed shown that the country has a great hope to rise from the present ashes to a powerful nation.
While wishing the christendom a wonderful Easter celebration, the governor also charged them to pray for the country to overcome the socioeconomic challenges confronting it.
He, however, expressed optimism that the country would regain its position in the comity of the nations.
The statement read partly, “As Easter symbolises triumph of Christ over death, so our country will rise greatly from the current challenges confronting it. As Nigerians, let us draw lessons from the message of love of Jesus, even in the face of being crucified, and embrace love, peace and unity.
“As a people, let us hold on to one another and support the government in its fight against banditry, kidnapping, insurgency and other forms of insecurity. Let us continue to pray for the progress and unity of Nigeria, and let us desist from acts capable of dividing us more.
“In Ogun, I want to enjoin my people to engage in activities that can promote secure and serene society. Let us use the opportunity of the Easter celebration to show love to our neighbours. As a government, we shall continue to engender programmes that will make life more meaningful to our people.
“While I want to urge our people to engage in moderate celebration, I will like to remind them that COVID-19 pandemic is still much around. As we celebrate, let us adhere to the safety protocols of the pandemic.”