Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has felicitated Nigerians, particularly Christians in the state as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Oyetola asked Christians to use the festive occasion to pray for the prosperity, peace and unity of Nigeria.
He, however, reminded them that the coronavirus is still very much around as the country is now in the fourth wave, with over 500 per cent increase in infections.
In his Christmas message signed by his spokesperson, Ismail Omipidan, Oyetola urged Christians to use the Yuletide season to rekindle acts of love and kindness to one another, especially the vulnerable in the society.
He tasked people of the state to rededicate themselves to the service of humanity, in line with the true teachings of Jesus Christ which emphasise brotherly love, tolerance, care for the needy and patience, among other virtues.
“As a reminder, the coronavirus is still very much around. Let us not lose guard. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed that the country is now in the fourth wave of COVID-19 with over 500 per cent increase in infections across the country. I, therefore, urge you all to celebrate responsibly within the dictates of all COVID-19 guidelines.
“Also, let us seize the festive occasion to pray for the prosperity, peace and unity of Nigeria as this period calls for introspection and continued prayers for our dear nation. I, therefore, call on Nigerians to continue to reflect on the positive tenets that unite us as a nation and strengthen the polity,” Oyetola said.