As Christians celebrate Easter to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ for the salvation of mankind, the Enugu State Governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has felicitated with the Christian faithful for their abiding faith in God and commitment to peace, unity and progress of the country.
In a message to the people of the state, Governor Ugwuanyi noted that the 40 days of fasting, praying and alms giving, which reinvigorated the spiritual strength of Christians to gain salvation and receive the grace of God, called for celebration and sustained faith in God.
Likewise, the Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi has called on Christians to use Easter celebration to foster peace, and unity as exemplified by Christ whose resurrection is being commemorated.
Chief Umahi lamented that the nation had been divided along ethnic, political and religious lines and called on the faithful to use the solemnity of the resurrection of Christ to rekindle the spirit of love and peace.
He admonished all Christians to embrace various economic changes that are currently sweeping across the nations.
Also, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has called on Nigerians to pray harder for divine intervention in all areas of the nation’s life, especially the wanton killing of innocent Nigerians.
Senator Ekweremadu, who stated this in his Easter message to Christian faithful, assured them that no matter how troubling the future appeared, the resurrection power of the risen Christ could turn around the fortunes of the country.
He called for deeper reflections over the affairs of the nation.
And from Anambra State, the speaker of the State’s House of Assembly, Mrs. Rita maduagwu has urged Nigerians to make the interest of the nation their priority in spite of their religious and political differences.
In her Easter message, she noted that Easter offered Nigerians the opportunity to reflect on their lives, stressing that since Jesus Christ triumphed over death, Christians were expected to overcome corruption and other social vices.
The Speaker urged political office holders to take a cue from the selflessness and sacrifice led by Jesus Christ for the salvation of mankind by eschewing all forms of political, social and religious vices in the interest of peace and progress of the country.
Mrs. Maduagwu while wishing the people of the state a happy Easter celebration enjoined them to use the period to show love to one another especially the less privileged in the society.
CHUKWUMA EZEOGU, AMECHI ODO, KEVIN EKEDIEGWU