As Christians and Catholics in the country join their counterparts across the world to celebrate Easter today, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has called on Nigerians to emulate the virtues of forgiveness and self-sacrifice as exhibited by Jesus Christ in order to move the nation forward.
Ekweremadu made the call alongside other personalities including Ministers, Governors and Speakers of the House of Assembly, in various Easter messages and releases.
The Deputy Senate President, in his message, said recrimination, lack of forgiveness, and selfishness were major clogs in the nation’s wheel of progress. He said: “The Easter celebration is another reminder that forgiveness and self-sacrifice remain indispensable factors in nation-building. I, therefore, call on the Christian faithful and all Nigerians to imbibe Christ’s sense of self-sacrifice by putting the nation’s interest above personal and other narrow interests.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has felicitated with Christians in the country and Nigerians in general for witnessing another Easter season, urging them to always uphold the virtues of love and sacrifice which are the hallmark of the Easter celebration.
He also congratulated them for the successful completion of the Lenten season, a period of 40 days of fasting and prayer which climaxed in the Easter celebration.
The Minister in his Easter goodwill message, signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, also called on Nigerians to make ample use of the opportunity of the season for sober reflection.
In his own message, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode called on Nigerians to collectively imbibe the spirit of unity, tolerance and peaceful co-existence as panacea for overcoming the nation’s current challenges.