- President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with Christians as they mark this year's Easter celebration
- According to the president, it is unusual and very unfortunate that Christians have been forced to mark this year's event a subdued manner
- The nation shall pull through this most difficult trial, the president stated
Nigerians have been urged by President Muhammadu Buhari to imbibe and live the values of humility, discipline, perseverance, sacrifice and obedience which Jesus Christ demonstrated during His stay on earth.
This was contained in the president's 2020 Easter message to Nigerians released on Friday, April 10.
The president who rejoiced with Christians said this year's celebration is coming at a time the world is struggling with the COVID-19 which is holding it to ransom.
According to him, the pandemic has forced Christians around the world to mark this year's event in a subdued manner, away from the usual congregation in churches. He described this as unusual and very unfortunate.
"However, I wish to enjoin our Christian compatriots to rekindle their faith in Christ who overcame persecution, sufferings and displayed endurance, steadfastness and above all piety. Jesus Christ represented man’s ability to withstand temporary pains in the hope of everlasting glory.
"There is no better opportunity than now for all Christians in particular, and Nigerians in general, to remain faithful and hopeful that with intensified prayers backed by personal and collective responsibility, the nation shall pull through this most difficult trial," the president stated.
Buhari expressed optimism that the world will pull through if all stakeholders – individuals and groups – play their part to the fullest as advised by our scientists and medical experts in confronting Covid-19.
"As I stated in my national broadcast on Sunday, March 29, 2020, since there is currently no known vaccine against the virus, “the best and most efficient way to avoid getting infected is through regular hygiene and sanitary practices as well as social distancing,” he added.
The president used the opportunity to commend the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 for its efforts at containing the spread of the virus.
Buhari said: "I am very much aware of the personal and collective inconveniences suffered by our people due to measures such as restriction of movements and closure of business premises. Being “a matter of life and death,” these sacrifices are in everybody’s interest to save our country from calamity.
"The welfare of our people is paramount. Accordingly, the most economically vulnerable in our communities will continue to be uppermost in our plans, and efforts will be made to supply them with basic means of survival.
"While we see the Covid-19 pandemic as a global challenge, this administration is not oblivious of the constant threat posed to our national security by terrorists and insurgents. They may take this opportunity to perpetrate attacks. But our armed forces and other security and intelligence services will remain vigilant and continue to contain these threats and consolidate efforts to eradicate them completely.
"As we mark this year’s Easter, whatever the circumstances, I encourage you to make the most of the situation, and to keep safe."
Buhari had in an earlier statement said it is time to finish off the remnants of Boko Haram insurgents who are fleeing from the military offensive by Chadian forces in the Chad Basin region.
The president made the statement on Thursday, April 9, when the Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum, visited him at the state house.
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