Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State and Chairman North Central Governors Forum has urged Christians to use Easter period for sober reflection on the virtues of love, selflessness, forgiveness, sacrifice and perseverance as examplified by Jesus Christ which he said are the hallmarks of Easter celebration.
Governor Sani Bello, in a Easter message, said Christians should take advantage of the period and pray for God’s intervention amidst security challenges bedevilling the nation.
“There is no doubt that these are tough times in our country. Insecurity in almost every part of the country. However, rather than succumb to the wishes of the evil doers and feel threatened about these uncertain times, we must rise to the fact that these are trials, and should strengthen our resolve to collectively confront our challenges.
“This moment calls for sober reflection and not fanfare, hence, I enjoin Christians to remain steadfast and fervent in prayers, for God to bring peace back to our land so that issues of banditry, terrorism, kidnapping and all forms of insecurity will come to an end”, he said.
The Governor wished the Christian faithful a successful and hitch free celebration while urging them to be security conscious and report any suspicious movement to the appropriate authorities.
Feast of Easter is a yearly and a solemn celebration for Christians, it is the foundation of Christianity, characterized by the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ for accepting to die on the cross for the sake of mankind. His resurrection on the third day, gives hope of life hereafter to Christan faithful.
The period starts with the commencement of lent (40 days prayers and fasting) which culminate into Easter celebration.
Mary Noel-BerjeChief Press Secretary to the Governor of Niger State.