From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
An All Progressives Congress (APC) frontline National Chairmanship aspirant, Mallam Saliu Mustapha, has urged Christians and Nigerians to extend hand of generosity and fellowship to one another especially the less privileged ones.
He equally felicitated with them as they celebrate the Christmas and New Year festivities.
In a statement signed on his behalf by his media aide, Dapo Okubanjo, Mustapha urged all Christian faithfuls to see the season as a time to be more dedicated to God.
“Today, I rejoice with all Christians on the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and wish all Nigerians a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
“I urged Christians, in particular, and Nigerians, in general, to use the period to rededicate themselves to God as well as pray and work for peace and unity.
“And since it is also a time of love, it is my wish that more of our people consider extending a hand of generosity and fellowship to one another especially the less privileged ones amongst us.
“Coming at a time the world is witnessing the fourth phase of the coronavirus pandemic, it is my hope that more Nigerians continue to abide by Covid-19 protocols especially as the country recently recorded 4035 cases in one single day. So don’t hesitate to wear masks and stick to non pharmaceutical measures in public places such as markets, recreational centres and churches,” he said.
Mustapha also used the opportunity to solicit prayers and support for President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration.
The APC chieftain further noted: “We should not also forget to pray for the administration as it goes about the duty of repositioning the country after 16 years of misrule by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“While it is true that we have challenges of insecurity in some parts of the country, we should not lose sight of the fact that the President Buhari-led government is not sitting by idly.
“It has only recently approved a 20 per cent increase in the wages of Police personnel aside from ensuring that the Nigerian military are highly motivated with some of the most modern hardware in Africa.”
Mustapha, who is also the Turaki of Ilorin urged the police and other security agencies to be alive to their responsibilities at this time of the year to ensure peaceful celebrations across the country.