Easter: Ajadi tasks Nigerians on religious tolerance, love, service to humanity


As Christians celebrate Easter across the world, the gubernatorial candidate of the New Nigeria Peopleā€™s Party (NNPP) in Ogun state, Olufemi Ajadi Oguntoyinbo, has called for mutual respect among adherents of various faiths as this is the only guarantee for peaceful coexistence among different religions in the country.


Ajadi in an Easter message he personally signed, urged all Nigerians to unite in confronting the challenges facing the nation and rededicate themselves to the service of God, the nation and humanity.


While congratulating Christians for the successful completion of the Lenten season, a period of 40 days of fasting and prayer that culminated in the Easter celebration, he enjoined them to imbibe the spirit of love, perseverance and sacrifice which the Lord Jesus Christ exhibited in ensuring the salvation of humanity.


He similarly admonished them to imbibe and reflect on the lessons associated with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, charging Christians to use the festive season to pray for Godā€™s intervention in the affairs of the country, especially in bringing lasting solution to the economic challenges and making it a better nation.


Ajadi maintained that Easter symbolises sacrifice and service to God and humanity, calling on Nigerians to emulate the life of Jesus Christ who laid down his life for mankind.


According to him, ā€œIt is yet another Easter celebration, we bless God for the gift of life. Let me use this opportunity to call on Nigerians, irrespective of ethnic, religious and political differences to continue to live in peace and harmony. It is only in an atmosphere of tranquillity that development can thrive.


ā€œIt is no longer news that the country is currently faced with economic challenges but we must remain prayerful, strong, focused and optimistic in order to get out of the economic hardship. The problems facing the country must be collectively solved by the government and the governed.


ā€œPeople at the helm of affairs must demonstrate sincerity of purpose in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities and the governed must also be patriotic in their pursuits. In the spirit of Easter, we must appraise ourselves as individuals and as a people. For us to build a decent society, we must embrace the teaching of the holy book embraced in our lives.


ā€œI implore the people of Ogun state and Nigerians as a whole to use the Easter period to renew their faith in God and strengthen the bond of friendship and brotherhood that has held the country united since the amalgamation in 1914.


ā€œAmong the essence of Easter is sacrifice, love for humanity and total submission to the will of God. These virtues should not be lost on us as Nigerians. Letā€™s continue to pray for a peaceful Nigeria that will be a pride to us and the future generation. I want to also appealed to Nigerians to continue to be their brothersā€™ keepers, irrespective of their religious belief.”


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