Christmas: Ambode urges Nigerians to embrace virtues of love, peaceful coexistence


Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has urged Nigerians to embrace the virtues of love and peaceful coexistence that the Christmas season symbolises.
This is contained in the governor’s Christmas goodwill message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna and issued in Lagos on Thursday.
Ambode urged Nigerians to refrain from activities that could promote violence and disunity.
“As the nation continues to anticipate the change promised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) governments at the centre and state levels, it is only through peaceful co-existence and atmosphere that any positive change can materialise.
“The season of Christmas is one that exemplifies the virtues of love and peaceful co-existence.
“We must continue to extend a hand of love and live as one family irrespective of our creed or colour.
“We must also continue to respect each other’s right to live freely and peacefully.
“The security challenges, which the country is facing now, should not be used as an avenue to create division along ethnic and religious lines by some politicians, who are blankly engaging in name-calling of political opponents,” he said.
According to Ambode, over the years, Nigeria has continued to draw strength from its diversity.
He, therefore, urged Nigerians to stand together and resist any attempt by any individual or group of persons to highlight such ethnic differences to further their selfish ends or fan the embers of disunity.
He also urged Lagos residents to be security-conscious and alert tom their environments, especially during the festive period.
He also urged them to refrain from acts capable of endangering their lives such as drinking and other social vices.
Ambode encouraged residents not to hesitate to report all suspicious activities around them by using the toll free lines – 767 and 112.
According to him, the business of securing lives and property cannot be left to the security agencies alone.
“The period of Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ who is the symbol of Christianity and the harbinger of peace, love and good tidings.
“There is no better way to celebrate the season than by showing love and being our brother’s keeper,” he said.
While wishing all residents a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year in advance, Ambode called on them to resolve to emphasise only those things that unite them and de-emphasise all the things that divide them. (NAN).

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