Ekiti State Governor Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has charged Christians to emulate Christ’s love and humility as they celebrate this year’s Christmas, stressing that the birth of Christ which Christmas symbolises was a demonstration of God’s love for humanity.
The Governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, described the lessons of Christmas as very instructive for daily lifestyle of love and peace.
Dr Fayemi who congratulated Christians in the country for witnessing this year’s Christmas celebration said the Bible recorded Jesus as a man who showed love to everyone, especially the less privileged, urging them to do likewise.
According to the Governor, Christmas is a season to give and expect little in return, a time to preach peace and love and demonstrate it in deed, a time to forgive, live in harmony and seek God’s face.
Fayemi noted that being alive to witness another Christmas should be seen as a privilege, considering the prevailing health situation across the world. This, he said should call for celebration in moderation. He said much of the time ought to be devoted to appreciating God for His mercy and to reflect on the country with a view to seeking God’s intervention.
He urged Christians and adherents of other religions to pray for an end to the deadly Coronavirus. He also reminded them on the need to stay safe, and observe all safety protocols outlined to curtail the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum also urged Nigerians to reflect on their individual contributions to the peace and progress of their immediate community, their State and the country in general, during and after the festive season.
He urged Christians to use the opportunity to pray for the peace of Ekiti State which is about to enter an election year and Nigeria which is going through various challenges at the moment.
Dr. Fayemi commended Christians in the state for living in harmony with adherents of other religions, a gesture which he said makes Ekiti one of the most peaceful states in the country.