Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and his Ekiti State counterpart,Dr. Kayode Fayemi have called on Christians in Nigeria to use the occasion of this year’s Easter celebrations to pray fervently for the country so that it can overcome the security challenges it is currently facing.
Governor Ajimobi, in his Easter message issued in Ibadan on Friday by his Special Adviser on Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo, also tasked Christians to pray for peace and tranquility to reign supreme in the country.
He said that it was in an atmosphere of love, togetherness and renewed commitment to Nigeria’s unity that Nigeria could attain the much-desired greatness and be counted among the comity of successful nations.
Governor Ajimobi condemned what he called senseless killings, maiming and bombings currently being perpetrated by insurgents in some parts of the country, saying that no religion was in support of taking people’s lives under whatever guise.
He urged Nigerians to emulate Jesus Christ who offered himself as a living sacrifice for the redemption of mankind.
While congratulating Christians on the successful completion of the 40-day fasting, he said that they should use the occasion to reflect on the essence of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as well as the opportunity it offered them to be closer to their Creator.
“Easter is not about wining and dining. Rather, it is an occasion to realize that we need to love one another as exhibited by God who, out of his love for mankind, offered Jesus Christ to die for our sins and to give life more abundantly.
“This being the case, we should now eschew any divisive tendency, violence and other things that are antithetical to the teachings of Jesus Christ,’’ the governor said.
He also commended Christians, Muslims and other religious adherents in the state for their peaceful co-existence, urging them to continue in their prayers for his administration so that the state could be taken to greater heights.
And Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, congratulated the people of Ekiti State and Nigerians in general for witnessing another Easter season.
The Governor in his Easter message, urged Ekiti people to emulate the virtues of Jesus Christ who laid down his life for the salvation of mankind.
He congratulated Christians for the successful completion of the Lenten season, a period of 40 days of fasting and prayer which culminated in Easter- an important celebration in the Christian calendar.
The Governor called on Christians in the state to emulate the virtues of love and sacrifice which the Lord Jesus Christ exhibited in ensuring the salvation of humanity.
Fayemi noted that the Easter period offers Christians and the entire people of Ekiti State an opportunity for sober reflection, even while rejoicing with one another for witnessing the season. He called on Nigerians to imbibe and reflect on the lessons associated with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary.
The Governor urged Christians in the state to use the period to pray for peace, development and prosperity of Ekiti State, especially as the state approaching the governorship election in two months.
He also urged them to use the opportunity to pray for God’s intervention in the affairs of the country, especially in bringing lasting solution to the escalating cases of insurgency which is threatening the peace of the country.
He commended Christians in the state for living in harmony with adherents of other religions , adding that this has contributed immensely to the peace being enjoyed in the state.
While calling for prayers from the people of the state for his administration, Fayemi said although the task before him and his team is enormous but tremendous success is achievable with the support of the people.
Fayemi advised the people of the state to be moderate in celebrating Easter noting that the period is not for eating and drinking alone but to reflect on the past and hope for a better future for themselves and the state.