President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday urged all Nigerians to keep faith in his administration’s commitment and ability to change the Nigerian story for good.
Buhari made the appeal in his Easter message made available to journalists.
He said he was determined to continue with the fight against terrorism and insurgency; sustain the peace in the Niger Delta and restore peace and stability in other parts of the country.
The President however urged Nigerians to live in peace because without peace, no meaningful and sustainable development can take place.
I congratulate our Christian brothers and sisters on the celebration of this year’s Easter.
The message of Easter is filled with themes of love, faith, sacrifice, dedication, commitment, fulfilment of prophecy, hope, expectation and victory, as espoused in the Scriptures and the teachings and lifestyle of Jesus Christ.
Similarly, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, urged Nigerians to use the occasion of the Easter celebration to rededicate themselves to the virtues of justice, forgiveness, and reconciliation, which he said were the essences of the ministry of Jesus Christ on earth.
Ekweremadu said no nation would make progress unless the people were willing to forgive the past, reconcile their differences, and enthrone justice for all, irrespective of their religious, ethnic, and political backgrounds.
The immediate past President of the Senate , Senator David Mark, also asked Nigerians across the religious or socio-political divide to close ranks and work harmoniously in order to overcome the challenges facing the country.
The All Progressives Congress and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, enjoined Christians not to forget the significance of the resurrection of Christ which the Easter season signifies.
In two separate statements in Abuja, on Saturday, the party and the former vice president urged Christians to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice and continue to pray for the well-being of Nigeria and its leaders.
The APC noted that the Easter season signified a time for renewal and rebirth. It expressed the hope that there would a rebirth of the belief that “each of us is our brother’s keeper, irrespective of our religious, tribal, political and sundry affiliations.”