The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has felicitated with Christians in the country for witnessing another Easter season, and urged them to imbibe the spirit of love, perseverance and sacrifice which the Lord Jesus Christ exhibited in ensuring the salvation of humanity.
Fayemi in his Easter message also congratulated Christians for the successful completion of the Lenten season, a period of 40 days of fasting and prayer that culminated in the Easter celebration.
In the message signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Yinka Oyebode, Dr Fayemi noted that “the Easter period offers Christians opportunity for sober reflection, even they celebrate with friends and families.”
He called on Nigerians to imbibe and reflect on the lessons associated with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
He also urged them to use the opportunity to pray for God’s intervention in the affairs of the country, especially in bringing lasting solution to its economic challenges and making it a better nation.
Fayemi said Easter symbolises sacrifice and service to God and humanity and urged Nigerians to emulate the life of Jesus Christ who laid down his life for mankind.
He urged Christians to continue living in harmony with adherents of other religions, stressing that this would go a long way in making Nigeria a truly peaceful and prosperous nation. “Our challenges are surmountable, if we unite, love one another, remain resolute, committed, patient and hopeful,” he added.
Urging Christians and the citizens in general to pray for the country, the Minister said our country is going through difficult times occasioned by economic downturn.
“We should persevere in prayers for our leaders at all levels and the country for divine wisdom to enable us surmounts all our socio-political and economic challenges,” he stated.
He noted that “This time requires more patience, sacrifice, prayers and a renewed hope in the Nigerian nation. We have passed through even more difficult situations before, and we shall triumph over this too as we remain committed to actualising the much desired change.”
He added that the challenges facing the country are temporary as the present administration is committed to bringing lasting succour to the citizenry.