- Governor Nasir El-Rufai wished Christians in the country a Merry Christmas celebration
- The Kaduna governor urged Nigerians to pray for the country
- El-Rufai urged citizens to work towards the progress of the nation
The governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has wished Christians a Merry Christmas urging them to use the opportunity of the festivity to pray for the peace of the nation.
In a message posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday, December 25, the Kaduna governor said the festivity should bring tolerance and faith.
El-Rufai called for a collaborative work for the peace and harmony of the nation.
He said: “It is with great delight that I salute our Christian community on the occasion of Christmas. For 2000 years, Christmas has symbolised hope and goodwill. It marks the birth of Jesus Christ, the prince of peace, whose message of faith, tolerance and compassion echoes through the ages.
“Jesus Christ has been described as the prince of peace. Let us all use this holy moment to pray for peace in our land, and to commit to do our utmost for peace in our communities. With faith in God, let us work together to create a state of harmony where everybody can thrive, without fear or rancour. Let us pray for our country, and let us all work for its progress and security.
“I wish the Christian community happy celebrations. Merry Christmas!!!”
As Christians all over the world celebrate Christmas, former president Goodluck Jonathan has felicitated with Nigerians.
In his Christmas message posted on his Facebook wall, the ex-president said we are the recipients of God’s grace in the form of Jesus Christ who is the reason for this season. He urged everyone to reciprocate God’s love for us by loving each other and loving Nigeria.
"The eternal beauty of Christmas is the good tiding that the Son of God came to dwell amongst us and that that singular act is worth commemorating because He has reconciled us to God forever.
"I pray that the Christmas spirit will reinvigorate our sense of patriotism in our political, economic and social life, because we as Nigerians can only win if we win together.
"We indeed faced severe challenges in 2018, but as we celebrate Christmas and our hope for tomorrow, I am convinced that God will bless our collective efforts and we will usher in better days of prosperity ahead as a nation," the statement read.
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