Tunde Opalana, Abuja
As today, Good Friday marks the beginning of this year’s Easter celebration, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has called on all Nigerians to imbibe the value of sacrificing in the interest of the country as demonstrated by Jesus Christ whose selfless service to humanity is being commemorated across the world at this Easter period.
Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, congratulated Christian faithful in Nigeria and across the world as they celebrate the Easter festivities.
He expressed appreciation to Nigerians for their steadfastness and prayers which have had immense impact on the peace, unity and continued survival of the nation.
He noted that the successful conduct of the 2019 general elections was a direct testament to the sincere efforts and prayers of all Nigerians.
The President of the Senate stated that the Easter period was again a reminder that we have to imbibe the spirit of making sacrifices in the interest of Nigerians as exemplified by Jesus Christ whose birth, life, passion, death and resurrection brought salvation to mankind.
Saraki said: “I believe that our country will become better if we all commit ourselves to selfless service and making sacrifices, both at the individual and collective level.
I also believe that Christians, like their counterparts in other faiths, have spent the Lenten Season to stand in the gap for Nigeria in particular and humanity in general.
The prayers and fasting of Nigerians have been the bulwark against all the centrifugal and centripetal forces threatening to pull our nation down.
We must no relent but only need to add discipline, obedience to law and more intense patriotism to our attitude.
“I congratulate Christians and all Nigerians for the demonstration of faith in our common heritage through fasting, prayer, sober reflection and sacrifices in the interest of the country for which we now commemorate the death and resurrection of Christ,” he stated.
While acknowledging that the country is still confronted by developmental, economic and social challenges, he insisted that all the obstacles are surmountable if we all play our roles patriotically and commit to being our brother’s keeper.
He urged Christians not to relent in their prayers for God’s positive intervention in the affairs of the country at all times.
Also, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last General election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar said Nigeria, as a nation is going through difficult times.
He said raised hope that as Easter gives us hope that, as a nation, Nigerians will die to challenges and live to their potentials, die to extreme poverty and live to extra and prosperity, die to strife and be united in life.
As Nigerians celebrate Easter the former vice president, urged all to remember the men and women of the armed forces, who are even right now in ditches and trenches in order to keep felliw countrymen safe.
He also asked people to spare a thought to those who have suffered at the hands of terrorists, marauders and criminals.
“A new Nigeria is being birthed. A Nigeria of possibilities instead of impossibilities.
” Suffice to say that Jesus Christ (Nabi Isa) is a compassionate friend to all who are weary and heavy laden, and as we celebrate His resurrection, let us also remember the less privileged in our midst.
“Let us also thank God for the fact that we remain as one nation under God. Where there is unity, there is much hope. Much hope indeed.
” I is with this in mind that I wish the body of Christ and all Nigerians a happy Easter. May God bless us all and may God bless Nigeria”, he said.