The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, and his Bayelsa State counterpart, Seriake Dickson, have called on Christians in the country to renew their hope in God as they celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. They also urged Nigerians to embrace peace, love and sacrifice exemplified by Jesus Christ.
In a Christmas message to Nigerians in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, Fayose called on Christians to be thankful and appreciate God’s goodness.
“Since our leaders have truly proven that having confidence in man is vanity, as they have failed to meet our expectations, the only one and true hope is in God.
“This festive period symbolises God’s unfailing love and grace towards mankind and we must renew our hope in Him.
“We all have seen how our leaders have dashed our hope and failed to meet our expectations, but in God, there is no failure. While we mark the Christmas period soberly and with deep reflection on the state of our country, we must bear in mind that with God, hope is not lost,” he said.
Fayose also urged the people of the state to be security conscious, saying that some unscrupulous elements might want to capitalise on the Yuletide season to perpetrate evil.
Dickson has also urged Christians to continue to uphold the universal attributes of peace, love and sacrifice, which Christ stood for, propagated and died for.
The admonition is contained in his Christmas message signed by his spokesman, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, on Sunday.
The governor also called on Christians and adherents of other faith to tolerate and live in harmony with one another.
Dickson, who expressed satisfaction with the existing level of peace and security in the state, urged Christian leaders to remain steadfast in spreading the virtues of love, sacrifice and peaceful co-existence.
He said those attributes had also become the sources of success of his administration in the state.
The governor stressed that his administration had been able to implement its developmental agenda for the state, largely because of the existing peace, law and order, which were basic attributes for any meaningful development to thrive.
Dickson urged Bayelsans to remain supportive to the programmes and policies of the administration, stressing that the government remained focused in its desire to carry every section of Bayelsa along in its agenda of restoration.
He used the occasion to felicitate with all Nigerians and Bayelsans in particular, urging them to brace for the coming year, despite the predictions of tougher times ahead, occasioned by the economic down-turn.