Cross River State governor, Sir Ben Ayade, has admonished Christians across the country to imbibe the exemplary life of love, selflessness, sacrifice and forgiveness which Christ demonstrated in His death and resurrection for the redemption of mankind.
In his Easter message signed by his Special Adviser, media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita, Governor Ayade who is also a knight of the Catholic church said the entire celebration would be a holy sham if the reason and significance of His death is lost on us.
“As Christians, Easter presents us the opportunity for a deep reflection, a time to carry out an ecclesiastical soul searching with a view to embodying that which Christ came and died for,” Governor Ayade charged.
He called on leaders and the led to love and put Nigeria first in all their dealings “just as Christ showed unconditional love and made sacrifices for humanity and with concerted efforts and tenacity of purpose, Nigeria will soon surmount its current challenges.
“Easter represents a very significant moment in our lives as Christians. It is both significant and sobering in the sense that it reminds us all of the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, love and compassion over hate. These were the cardinal planks of Christ’s teachings while on earth.”
According to Ayade, “His death and resurrection brought a refreshing dawn for humanity and redefined the virtues of selflessness, love, sacrifice and forgiveness.”
He lamented that Nigeria was currently going through challenging times and insisted that “we must pull together as a people to rescue our country from the hands of our enemies who do not mean well for our country. And we can achieve this only with love for one another and sacrifice for the greater good of Nigeria.”
While wishing Cross Riverians hitch free Easter celebration, Ayade urged them to adhere to COVID-19 protocols as they visit fun sports.
He also reminded them that the 10pm – 6pm curfew put in place to curtail criminality in the state was still very much in force.