By Kemi Yesufu
…..Omo-Agege Calls For Unity @Christmas
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has felicitated with Christians in Nigeria as they join their brethren across the world in celebrating Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.
Lawan said in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, that beyond the great merriment and thanksgiving joy that have come to be associated with the season, Christmas reminds mankind of the humble birth, simple life, teachings and sacrificial love of Jesus Christ.
The Senate President noted that is the reason why the season is for practical demonstration of love and universal goodwill through giving to the needy and sharing with neighbours.
However, as they celebrate Christmas and Boxing Day, Lawan urged Nigerians to engage only in activities that enhance peace and harmony in their immediate environment and beyond, in the true spirit of the season.
“Jesus Christ embodies selfless love, self-sacrifice, justice and peace, all of which virtues our country needs more than ever before as it marches through big challenges to sustain its democracy and development.
“Therefore, I enjoin us all to reflect on the significance of the season and recommit to these virtues for the benefit of our dear country Nigeria and mankind in general.
“Let us all continue to pray for peace in Nigeria and engage only in things that will make Nigeria the great country that we desire it to be.
“The current challenges require the continued cooperation, support and understanding of all Nigerians for the government to succeed.
“I have no doubt that the meaningful collaboration between the Legislature and the Executive in the governance process is making the political environment conducive for addressing national challenges and harnessing opportunities,” Lawan stated.
…….Gbajabiamila calls for unity, prayers for Nigeria
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has rejoiced with Nigerians, especially Christians, on the occasion of this year’s Christmas.
The Speaker in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Lanre Lasisi, said the Christmas period calls for sober reflection even as he enjoined Christians to pray for the country amidst challenges.
Speaker Gbajabiamila said the character of Jesus Christ, who is the main reason for the celebrations, should reflect in the life of every Christian.
He noted that the period also calls for unity of purpose among Nigerians, urging the citizens to be their brother’s keeper at all times.
Gbajabiamila observed that Nigeria is passing through a lot at the moment but that with the prayers of the citizens and their support, the leaders would be able to provide good direction.
He equally called on Nigerians to eschew any act that could lead to the breakdown of law and order during and after the celebrations.
…….Omo-Agege Calls For Unity
On his part, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has charged Christians to imbibe the spirit of love, humility, peace, selfless service and all other positive attributes that the birth of Jesus Christ symbolises for the world.
In his Christmas message, sent to Frontline News Online by his Special Adviser on Media, Yomi Odunuga, Senator Omo-Agege called on Nigerians to remain steadfast in their prayers for peace and the unity of the country.
He stressed the need for citizens to reflect on the virtues of love, peace and tolerance as exemplified by Jesus Christ in order to build a new Nigeria.
“The birth of Christ signifies the love of God for mankind, triumph of good over evil and victory of light over darkness.
“I urge Christian faithful to use the opportunity of the season to reflect on the reasons for the birth of Christ and keep hope alive.
“Notwithstanding the difficult circumstances of the birth of Jesus Christ, his life remains today a perfect example of the triumph of hope for mankind,” he stated.