- Urge citizens to keep hope alive
OYO State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has enjoined Christians to imbibe the spirit of love, sacrifice and selflessness exhibited by Jesus Christ, the symbol of Easter, in their relationship with one another.
In his Easter message made through the Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr Bolaji Tunji, the governor also urged Christians to continue to pray for the country to overcome its socio-economic challenges.
He expressed appreciation to the Christian faithful for their fervent prayers for the state throughout his eight-year tenure, which, he said played a key role in the restoration of peace and security, as well as his unprecedented achievements.
Ajimobi urged them not to relent in their prayers for the sustenance of the unity, peace and security of the country and for God to bring lasting peace to the troubled north eastern region.
He said it was only in an atmosphere of love and togetherness that the country could harness its potential to attain the much-desired greatness and be counted among the comity of successful nations.
The governor urged the people to emulate Jesus Christ, who volitionally offered himself as a living sacrifice for the redemption of mankind.
He also said that they should use the occasion of Easter celebrations to reflect on the opportunity offered them by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to be closer to their creator.
he added,, “Easter is not only about wining and dining. It is an occasion to show love to one another as exhibited by God who, out of his love for mankind, offered Jesus Christ to die for our sins to give us life more abundantly.
“We should, therefore, eschew any divisive tendency, violence and other things that are antithetical to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Let us sustain our prayers for peace to continue to reign in Nigeria, particularly in the northeast.
Permit me to use this opportunity to thank Christians and affiliate bodies in the state for their support and prayers for our dear state in the past eight years, without which we would not have been able to achieve anything tangible.”
While also commending Muslims and other religious adherents for their peaceful co-existence, Ajimobi urged them to continue in that spirit in the corporate interest of the state.
Similarly, Oyo State Governor-elect, Seyi Makinde has urged Nigerians, especially, Oyo State residents to keep hope alive for a better state.
In his Easter message signed by the Director of Communication and Strategy, Prince Dotun Oyelade, Mr Makinde said the reason for the season stands on a tripod of hope, rebirth and salvation.
He admonished the people to keep hope alive and support the incoming administration.
The governor elect said that by next Easter, the masses would have begun to feel the impact of the new administration.
He equally appealed to civil servants not to collude with politicians who are desperate to fleece the state.