- Ortom Sues For United Nigeria
- Be your brother’s keeper, Sanwo-Olu urges Lagosians
- Ikpeazu releases N3.5bn to workers, pensioners for Christmas
Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has felicitated with Christians in the state on Christmas day.
He also saluted soldiers who are celebrating Christmas while battling insurgents to fully restore peace and security in Borno.
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The governor, in a Christmas message signed by his spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, described Christians in Borno as hard-working, dedicated, peace-loving and easy-going fellow citizens.
“I joyfully felicitate with our dear Christian brothers and sisters in Borno State who have, over the years, proved to be hard-working, dedicated, peace-loving and easy-going fellow citizens.
“I urge the sustenance of these unique attributes and call on all citizens to remain united, especially with the challenges we have faced together in over 12 years.”
The governor said: “Our armed forces from all security establishments deserve our respect, love, trust and prayers.
“They even deserve our empathy when we reflect and consider the fact that as we civilians think about how to celebrate the season, soldiers in particular and other security personnel, as well as our volunteers, are holding forth in front lines to keep off insurgents who never mean well, and who always want to ruin every joyous moment.
“I urge fellow citizens to remain prayerful for the victories of our troops, and an end to the insurgency.”
Zulum added: “I must commend the entire people of Borno State for showing courage that is indomitable.
“Only indomitable people could have resisted the kind of challenge Borno has faced and is still facing even though, to a comparatively lesser extent.
“I very strongly admire the courage in our people and the relentless determination to move on.
“I salute the good people of Borno State as I once again felicitate with our Christian brothers and sisters at Christmas.
“I am sure that, insha’Allah, our armed forces will remain focused to ensure a peaceful celebration and a peaceful living afterwards.”
“We should pray hard with the hope that coming in any future celebration, troops should be able to celebrate with their families.
Ortom Sues For United Nigeria
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has sued for a united Nigeria as Christians all over the world celebrate this year’s Christmas.
Ortom, in a Christmas message signed by his spokesman, Nathaniel Ikyur, encouraged all Benue people and Nigerians in general not to lose hope in project Nigeria but to continue to work together to build an indivisible Nigeria.
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He said that as Nigerians celebrate the 2021 Christmas, the yearly commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the love God has for mankind should be everyone watchword.
The governor noted that the period creates an opportunity for all Nigerians, irrespective of ethnic, political or religious affiliation to come together and work consciously to dislodge the terrorist forces destabilising the country.
He regretted the pain the activities of the terror groups wrecked on the political, economic and social life of Nigerians which he said had dragged the country to its knees.
“As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, let us celebrate as one big Nigerian family with love and care for one another.
“Let us avoid divisive tendencies where religion, ethnicity and political differences have eaten deep into our lives. This is not the Nigeria we looked forward to.
“This season presents to us, a unique time to share love genuinely, first to our immediate families and also to the larger Nigerian family where we speak and act for the unity of country irrespective of our political or religious differences.
“We must not allow this criminality by terrorists and their sponsors to continue and destroy our nation. Let’s come together to end it now for the benefit of our children and future generations,” Ortom said.
Be your brother’s keeper, Sanwo-Olu urges Lagosians
The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday urged Lagosians to be their brothers’ keeper as they celebrate Christmas.
Sanwo-Olu said this in his Christmas message which was shared across his social media platforms.
He wrote, “As we celebrate Christmas, I am extending my best wishes to every Nigerian, especially Christians across the country and other parts of the world.
“We must not forget the true essence of the season, which is to reflect on the birth of Jesus and its significance to mankind.
“We should seize the opportunity of the celebration to strengthen our love for one another by being kind and generous to the people around us.
“As we mark this year’s Christmas, I want to urge Christian faithfuls in the state to continue to live in peace and harmony with believers of other faiths.
“We should emulate virtues of humility, tolerance, perseverance and compassion as exemplified by Jesus Christ, whose birth we are celebrating this season.
Ikpeazu releases N3.5bn to workers, pensioners
Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, has assured the people of the state that his administration has taken critical steps to ensure that they were able to take part in this year’s Christmas celebrations through the release of about N3.5 billion.
Ikpeazu stated that in his Christmas message to Christians in the state, disclosing that the release was “to deal with the issue of salaries of some ailing parastatals and pensioners”, maintaining that the mainstream civil servants have continued to be up to date in receiving their salaries.
According to Onyebuchi Ememanka, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ikpeazu assured the state work force of the determination of his administration “to continue to mainstream the issue of welfare of workers in the State”.
The Governor further assured that contractors have been mobilised to resume work on major road projects, especially in Aba, and other critical infrastructure in the first quarter of 2022.
He also promised massive turn around in roads, speedy restoration of Ariaria and Ngwa Road Markets and setting aside of N150 million as a form of assistance “to those traders whose businesses have been affected by the reconstruction of the markets”.
He urged Abians to celebrate the season with a full understanding of its significance in the life of the average Christian stating that the birth of Christ, is important as the beginning of the redemption of mankind, adding, “Christmas period will be defined by peace and security as government has put in place measures to deal with any form of criminality across the State”.
The Governor added, “All relevant security agencies are on red alert to nip in the bud any person who plans to disrupt the peace, security and stability in the State at this yuletide period and even beyond.”
He also tasked Abians to take security of lives and property around them seriously.
*Let us be our brother’s keeper by showing love and compassion to one another throughout this season. Merry Christmas everyone!”