- Atiku Abubakar has urged Nigerians to use the Christmas season to reconcile with one another and show love to others
- Atiku, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Abubakar, made this known on Monday, December 24, in Abuja
- He stated that the essence of the birth of Jesus Christ was to brake the barrier between God and man
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has urged Nigerians to use the Christmas season to reconcile with one another and show love to others.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Abubakar, in a Christmas message he issued in Abuja on Monday, December 24, said the essence of the birth of Jesus Christ was to reconcile man to God.
According to him, “Seeing that the essence of Christmas is that Christ came to earth to reconcile us to God, should we not, as beneficiaries of such divine reconciliation, reciprocate it by being reconciled with each other during this Yuletide period and beyond?
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“There are too much divisions in our nation today and it is up to each and everyone of us to inject the healing and unifying serum of love for our neighbour into the nation’s consciousness this Christmas.
“We may be Muslim, Christian or traditional religion adherents, but we are all creatures of God deserving of the love of God and of our neighbours. Let that be the attitude we embrace this Christmas and beyond.”
Abubakar urged Nigerians to think about the heroes who made the relative peace we live in possible, saying they endure so that we all can enjoy.
He said: “So, when next you see a soldier, boost his or her morale by acknowledging their sacrifices and thanking them.
“Nigeria owes so much to the gallant officers and the men and women of our armed forces. They epitomise the spirit of Christmas, which is sacrificial giving. Let us also celebrate the sacrifice our armed forces make for Nigeria.
“On behalf of me and my entire family, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe, prosperous and happy New Year.’’
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the national coordinator of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Benue state, Alhaji Garus Gololo, said if elected, Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP, would create division in the country.
Gololo made the comment on Thursday, December 20, in response to a statement by Atiku's spokesperson, Phrank Shuaibu, that there would be more killings of farmers by suspected Fulani herdsmen if President Muhammadu Buhari is re-elected in 2019, Punch reports.
Gololo pointed out that it was not only Fulani herdsmen that had issues with farmers in Nigeria and it was wrong for Atiku's spokesman to have made such an inciting statement.
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