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Christmas: El-Rufai felicitates with Christians, preaches love, tolerance

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Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai on Friday, felicitated with Christians on the occasion of Christmas celebrations.

In his Christmas message to Christians in the state, Governor El-Rufai said Christmas is being celebrated in difficult times.

”Despite the currents that buffet us, we should keep hope alive as we honour the Prince of Peace”.

He said ”let us commit to peace and goodwill towards all. We can all, as Christians as well as Muslims, emulate the example of Jesus Christ. We can strive to be better than we are today, combining our faith with exemplary conduct.

“This festival celebrates the birth of the Prince of Peace, and the timeless values of compassion, love, tolerance and forgiveness that the birth and example of Jesus Christ so profoundly teach.”

According to him, Christ was not limited by the circumstances of His birth. He set for us an example of the power of faith, providing an assurance that we can be better than our current circumstances.

He prayed that the blessings and lessons of Christmas will spread all through the state, stressing that the festive aspects of Christmas may be limited by the continuing threat of COVID-19.

”As people of faith, we know that God’s love is unlimited; that amidst the trials and tribulations that confront us, the Almighty still avails us many reasons for joy in His Grace and gratitude for His protection.

“Every citizen has a duty of personal responsibility as part of the collective action that is essential to curbing the spread of COVID-19.

“I appeal to all Kaduna residents to comply with the current public health regulations and practice personal responsibility by wearing our facemasks, observing social distance, washing our hands regularly with soap and water and avoiding large gatherings.” He said