Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has urged Nigerians, especially Christian faithful, to offer special prayers for enduring unity and peaceful coexistence among the citizens.
He also urged Christians to use the Yuletide period to pray for the country to overcome its challenges, including insecurity in some parts of the country.
In a statement by his Special Adviser (SA) on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker congratulated Nigerian Christians for marking this year’s Christmas.
The Speaker said this is a time for sober reflections, adding that Christian faithful need to imbibe the virtues of Jesus Christ.
He noted that at a time like this, Nigerians should united and celebrate with one another as well as pray for their leaders to lead them well for the good of the country.
“I wish to join millions of citizens to congratulate my Christian brothers and sisters for witnessing and marking this year’s Christmas peacefully.
“Christmas is a period of merrymaking, but beyond that, it is also a period for us all as a people to pray for our country. I admonish my Christian brothers and sisters to pray for our continuous survival in peace and unity as a country…”
Also, Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has urged fellow Nigerians to offer special prayers for sustained peace, unity and progress of the country.
In his Christmas message yesterday in Enugu, the governor admonished Christian faithful to use the period for sober reflection and practise the virtues Jesus Christ exemplified.
He noted that the festive season offers yet another opportunity for people to promote peace, virtuous conducts, love and unity as well as dedication to the service of God.
Ugwuanyi thanked Enugu residents for their love, prayers, goodwill, solidarity and support.
The governor reassured them of his firm resolve to sustain prevailing peace and good governance in the state.
He urged Christians to be modest while celebrating and avoid extravagant lifestyle by conducting their activities with humility and the fear of God.
Ugwuanyi enjoined the residents to continue to support his administration towards improving their living standard.
He reiterated his commitment to always secure the lives and property of the residents.