Governor Adegboyega Oyetola de Osun has urged Nigerians to embrace the love, tolerance, generosity and peaceful coexistence, which Jesus Christ represented, as they celebrate Christmas.
Oyetola, in a Christmas message issued Thursday in Osogbo, said the celebration offered Nigerians the opportunity to reflect on God’s love and compassion for man embodied in Christ’s gift to the world.
The governor, while congratulating the state’s residents on the Christmas celebration, urged Christians in the state to use the period to reflect on their relationship with each other and show love to their neighbors.
The statement, which was issued by Chief Press Secretary Ismail Omipidan, quotes Oyetola as also urging residents in the state to avoid religious intolerance, but they must work together for the progress of the state.
The governor urged people in the state and Nigerians in general to ensure that the celebrations are moderate and adhere to all COVID-19 protocols, to limit the spread of the disease.
He said: “Christmas is a time for friends, family and for giving and sharing.
“This year’s celebration has given us the opportunity to show love and share once again.
Furthermore, Christmas symbolizes hope as it marks the birth of Jesus Christ, the Prince of peace.
“Therefore, I urge all Nigerians to use this period to pray for peace, unity and prosperity in the country.
“While this is traditionally a time of joy and celebration, I urge everyone to do so in moderation.
“This period actually requires introspection and continued prayers for our beloved state and nation, considering the continued increase in Covid19 cases.
“We must ensure that we are the guardians of our brothers by adhering to all the Covid19 protocols.
Let me reiterate that all youth carnivals have been banned, countdown to New Years ceremonies.
“Let’s use this season to increase our acts of kindness and touch the underprivileged in our society.
“Now we are not only responsible for ensuring the health of others, but for helping to ensure the livelihood of others.
“I urge everyone to keep our hopes alive despite the challenges facing the nation and the world at large,” said Oyetola.