Easter: Jonathan, Atiku want Nigerians to be hopeful despite tough times
FORMER President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Nigerians not to give up on the nation in the face of unabating violence and misery, stressing that Nigeria has all it takes to overcome its challenges.
This is just as former Vice President Atiku pointed out that Easter should give hope to citizens to prevail against the difficult times.
In a statement by his media adviser, Ikechukwu Eze in Abuja on Thursday, Dr Jonathan enjoined Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, unity, sacrifice and hard work as necessary instruments for the fixing of what has gone wrong in our society.
He said: “Through our faith and collective actions, we will overcome the tempests of violence, misery and insecurity that threaten our nation.”
The former president noted: “Easter is a time Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ who offered Himself as a sacrifice for the remission of the sins of the world. Christ’s resurrection as a testimony of the new covenant is the justification for Christians’ commemoration of the triumph of life over death, freedom over bondage and hope over despair, at this time.
“I, therefore, urge us not to give up on our ourselves and our nation no matter the challenges that confront us today. At all times we must remain resolute on our love for God and our nation and work towards building a country that we can all be proud of.
“Through our faith and collective actions, we will overcome the tempests of violence, misery and insecurity that threaten our nation. We are more than conquerors and the future of our nation is bright, if we work as one.
“May God fill our homes with peace, love and joy even as we enjoy the abundance of Grace that Easter brings. Happy Easter!”
On his part, Atiku observed that Easter is a time of resurrection, saying; “Of dying to what was imperfect and reawakening to what is perfect. This is the message of hope which this season is all about.
“Nigeria is going through difficult times. But Easter gives us hope that, as a nation, we will die to challenges and live to our potentials. We will die to extreme poverty and live to extra and prosperity. We will die to strife and be united in life.
“Even as we celebrate, I urge all Nigerians to remember the men and women of our armed forces, who are even right now in ditches and trenches in order to keep us safe. Let us also spare a thought to those who have suffered at the hands of terrorists, marauders and criminals. A new Nigeria is being birthed. A Nigeria of possibilities instead of impossibilities.
“Suffice to say that Jesus Christ (Nabi Isa) is a compassionate friend to all who are weary and heavy laden, and as we celebrate His resurrection, let us also remember the less privileged in our midst.
“Let us also thank God for the fact that we remain as one nation under God. Where there is unity, there is much hope. Much hope indeed.
“It is with this in mind that I wish the body of Christ and all Nigerians a happy Easter. May God bless us all and may God bless Nigeria.”