Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday, urged Christians and all Nigerians to seize the opportunity of the Christmas celebration to rededicate themselves to God.
Abubakar, in a statement from his media adviser, Mr. Paul Ibe, in Abuja urged Nigerians to remain steadfast in prayers, which he believes have an immense impact on the nation’s peace, security, unity and stability. .
He said it was important for Nigerians to inject the healing and unifying serum of love for their neighbors into the conscience of the nation this season.
He urged Nigerians to think well and sow better actions to make the country more desirable because restoring the country’s glory is everyone’s responsibility.
“On this important Christmas occasion, I congratulate all Nigerians, in particular the Christian faithful, on the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
“Christmas is a time of love, therefore I ask all Nigerians to emulate the essence of this season and unite for the good of our beloved country.
“This period reminds us of the need to defend the virtues of love, self-denial and tolerance.
“I call on all Nigerians to reflect on the lessons of the season, which presents an opportunity to love and share,” he said.
The former vice president called on Nigerians to also remember their fellow citizens, the personnel of the armed forces.
This, according to him, includes those who lost their lives in 2020, fighting to protect citizens from terrorist attacks, banditry, kidnapping and other threats to national security.
“The message of Christmas, according to the Christian faith, is one of unprecedented self-denial to redeem humanity, making it the season of love, joy, generosity and forgiveness.
“Even as we celebrate with friends and family, we should also take time to pray for a more peaceful and prosperous nation.
“As a nation, we can accomplish more if we stand together, provide companionship, and uphold the law.
“We must also rededicate ourselves to the virtues of faith in God, mutual love and make these virtues more evident and practical in our daily lives,” he added.
Abubakar wished all Christians, as well as other Nigerians, a happy Christmas celebration.