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Christmas: Lawan urges Nigerians to show love, pray for peace

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Friday, felicitated with Christians in Nigeria as they join their brethren across the world in celebrating Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.

Lawan said, beyond the great merriment and thanksgiving joy that has come to be associated with the season, Christmas reminds mankind of the humble birth, simple life, teachings and sacrificial love of Jesus Christ.

In a statement made available to newsmen by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Ola Awoniyi, Lawan said the season was for practical demonstration of love and universal goodwill through giving to the needy and sharing with neighbours.

Lawan urged Nigerians to engage only in activities that enhance peace and harmony in their immediate environment and beyond, in the true spirit of the season.

“Jesus Christ embodies selfless love, self-sacrifice, justice and peace, all of which virtues our country needs more than ever before as it marches through big challenges to sustain its democracy and development.

“Therefore, I enjoin us all to reflect on the significance of the season and recommit to these virtues for the benefit of our dear country Nigeria and mankind in general.

“Let us all continue to pray for peace in Nigeria and engage only in things that will make Nigeria the great country that we desire it to be.

“The current challenges require the continued cooperation, support and understanding of all Nigerians for the government to succeed.

“I have no doubt that the meaningful collaboration between the Legislature and the Executive in the governance process is making the political environment conducive for addressing national challenges and harnessing opportunities,” Lawan said.

The Senate President wished all Nigerians a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ahead.