The national leader of the Congress of All Progressives (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, has urged Nigerians to let goodness reign as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Tinubu, in a Christmas message Thursday in Lagos, also pleaded with everyone to place in their hearts and minds the commitment to be more tolerant and less critical of their fellow man.
The APC leader urged everyone to help those out there rather than blaming the people for the situation they are in.
He said, “Give kindness to those who are currently unkind, not critical; give them bread and meat, not bitterness and despair.
Tinubu, while congratulating the Christians, explained that Christmas is a day to be thankful for, as Jesus Christ gave us a precious gift.
He urged everyone to act in the spirit and teachings of Jesus.
The former governor of Lagos urged Nigerians to celebrate in moderation and adhere to all COVID-19 protocols to limit the spread of the disease.
“I must beg you to forgo such large gatherings this year for the sake of our collective health.
“At its core, Christmas is a celebration of life and this year we celebrate life better by doing what we must do to protect ourselves and our loved ones from this terrible virus.
“However, we must also take comfort in the fact that nothing, not even this virus, can rob us of the Christmas spirit and the hope and brotherly love it represents.
“With the emergence of the coronavirus, 2020 has been like an airplane flying through turbulent skies, a year that has posed challenges like no other year.
“However, by God’s grace, we have persevered and will continue to move forward,” he said.
Tinubu noted that in normal times, Christmas offered Nigerians of all faiths the opportunity to gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
“Unfortunately, COVID came to steal a lot from us.
But if we act in the spirit of Jesus, we will conquer this disease and the other evils that it tries to impose on us.
“Despite everything we’ve been through, may goodness reign during this period.
“Let us put in our hearts and minds the commitment to be more tolerant and less critical of our neighbor.
“As the pressures of this year try to sink us, we must adhere to the teachings and way of Jesus to lift ourselves and this great nation.
“In doing so, we not only celebrate the birth of Jesus, we also celebrate his life and the divine reason why he came to live among us,” said the APC leader.
According to Tinubu, “it is difficult to say ‘Merry Christmas’ because the moment we live in now does not lend itself to joy.
However, he wished each and every Nigerian a peaceful, rosy and meaningful Christmas.
“I pray that we will act with each other as Jesus instructed us.
“If we can do this, we will emerge from the current turbulence as a much better people, society and nation,” he said.