By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Deputy Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Honourable Abiodun Mohammed Fadeyi has congratulated Christians in the state and all over the world on the occasion of the Christmas celebration.
Hon. Fadeyi whose birthday coincided with birthday of the state governor Engr Seyi Makinde December 25 admonished Christians to imbibe the teachings of Christmas celebration which centres on love, peace and tolerance
The Lawmaker in statement urged Christians to use the occasion to reflect on how to improve the course of humanity and the state in general.
Hon. Fadeyi who represents Ona Ara state constituency in the Assembly urged members of the constituency both Christians and Muslims to work together in peace and harmony in order to strengthen the existing and harmonious relationship between them for the improvement of themselves and the area.
“I thank God Almighty for spearing my life and the governor of the state to witness another birthday.”
“My birthday is the same day and month with the governor. I pray God will strengthen us and the government to advance the course of the people and the state in particular.”
Hon. Fadeyi while calling for the cooperation of members of his constituency assured them of adequate representation and prompt delivery of dividends of democracy.
He charged the people to support , cooperate and continue to pray for the success of the Seyi Makinde government in order to make the state a haven of peace and development.
Also, in the goodwill and Christmas message of the state Governor Engr. Makinde urged Christians, residents of Oyo State and Nigerians in general to ensure they live in peace and harmony in the spirit of Christmas.
A statement on behalf of Governor Makinde by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, confirmed that the Governor asked Nigerians to take appropriate notice of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, whose birth is being celebrated at Christmas.
According to the Governor, the essence of the yuletide should not be lost on all, adding that the celebrations should be to the effect that peaceful coexistence is the key driver of development anywhere in the world anyone.
The Governor further said: “I want to alert every resident and indigene of Oyo State and Nigerians, in general, to note that Christmas reminds us, especially Christians, that God gave his Son for our redemption. I encourage us to reflect on this message of giving as we celebrate with family, friends and loved ones this season. I wish everyone Merry Christmas and a rewarding 2020.”
He also warned against religious bigotry, declaring that only gullible persons use religion to divide the people.
“Jesus Christ, whom we are celebrating today came to the world and loved his enemies. He preached peace everywhere he went, his lifestyle is worthy of emulation by our people, especially now that certain forces are seeking to divide our people along religious lines.
“I want our people to know that poverty, squalor, and lack know no religion or ethnicity. If those divisive elements come to you, tell them to find other things to do because our unity would remain our source of strength.
“As we look forward to a prosperous 2020, let us all love our neighbours and brothers like ourselves, let us pray that the Almighty would touch the hearts of some persons who take joy in inflicting pains on the hapless common man.
“God urges us to be our brothers’ keeper and the least we are expected to do is to show care, love, and compassion and as we live in peace and harmony, our society would be better for it.”