Sunday, 27 December 2015

Saraki, Mark, Dogara, Lasun, Ekweremadu, Adeola preach peace, love, others

Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President  Ike Ekweremadu led the National Assembly’s leadership yesterday in urging Nigerians to ensure that their actions are always predicated on peace, love and unity.

 In their separate messages to the nation, they enjoined Christian faithful to follow the footsteps of Christ and pursue peace, unity, and love towards all men.

House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara,  in  his message, advised the citizens to use the occasion of Christmas to be their brothers’ keepers by reaching out to displaced people in camps across the country.

House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Yussuff Lasun appealed to Nigerians to celebrate the Christmas in peace, in the spirit of the values taught by Jesus Christ.

To former Senate President Senator David Mark, Nigerians should persevere under the present security and socio-political challenges, saying: “This period calls for sober reflection and a resolve to support the efforts of government to overcome the challenges.”

The Senator representing Lagos West Solomon Adeola, on his part, enjoined Christians to remain committed to the ideals of Christmas to accord meaning to the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Saraki, in his message issued by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, said peace, love and unity were crucial to the developmental drive of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and to ensure that the country takes its rightful place as a member of the global community.

He noted that the country’s economic challenges as a result of dwindling revenue inflow into the Federation Account, was a passing phase which, he added, would give way to a better future.

Ekweremadu said a nation divided against itself would never be able realise its full potentials.

 He said: “As we celebrate Christmas, I call on Nigerians to emulate the forgiving spirit and selflessness of God, who sent his only begotten son to save mankind from eternal damnation.”

Dogara, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, enjoined the citizenry to pray for God’s peace.

He said Nigerians have every reason to thank God for making possible for the country to witness yet another Christmas, amid the challenges facing it.

“Christmas is a period for us to individually and collectively reflect on who and what made Christmas necessary, our values, virtues and ideals of unity, peace, godliness and tolerance, which Christ advocated and exemplified during his earthly ministry,” Dogara said.

He emphasised the readiness of the National Assembly to partner with any organisation, group or person to build and rehabilitate areas devastated by  insurgency, especially in the Northeast.

Mark called on both Christians and Muslims to embrace one another in the spirit of the season to commemorate the celebration of Christmas and Eid-el-Malaud, which, he said, calls for peace, love, unity and good neighbourliness.

 The former Senate President canvassed that citizens should imbibe the true teachings of Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

Lasun appealed to Nigerians to celebrate the Christmas in peace, in the spirit of the values taught by Jesus Christ

The deputy Speaker, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Wole Oladimeji, urged Christians to use the celebration of the birth of Jesus to reflect on the state of the nation and eschew acts capable of creating problems.

Felicitating with his constituents and Nigerians, Adeola advised Christian faithful to see the celebration of Christmas as a time of sharing, love and a new beginning for a better future.

The senator said: “The reason for the birth of Christ was borne out of God’s infinite love for mankind as God will not want to see the destruction of the world through sins without giving them a saviour and salvation.”

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