By Chinelo Obogo, Lagos
Senator Tokunbo Abiru (APC, Lagos East) has urged the Christian faithful to reflect on the ideals and values Jesus Christ taught, defended and died for as they celebrate Christmas.
The senator said in a statement that Nigerians should internalise and observe the values Jesus taught and defended as a way to restore sanity in the Nigerian political system.
He also said we must exercise freedom with eternal caution and with a deep sense of responsibility to curtail the spread of the pandemic through strict compliance and observance of the COVID-19 protocols.
‘I rejoice with the people of Lagos East in particular, Lagos state and Nigeria in general as we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. For all Christians worldwide, this season is significant to observe and remember the ideals and values that Jesus Christ died for as the Saviour of the world.
‘In His deeds and teachings, Jesus Christ preached righteousness and uprightness among all men. He emphasised fairness and justice among the leaders that hold power in trust for the people. He also stands for a society free of corruption, moral perversion and violence of all kinds.
‘As we commemorate this season, we must consciously reflect on the ideals and values He taught, defended and died for, given what our fatherland has been going through in the recent times – with governments at different levels seeking measures to address health, economic and security challenges we are facing as a nation.
‘Besides, as a country of diverse people, curiously in search of solutions to its social, economic, political and security challenges, we must internalise and daily observe the values Jesus taught and defended as a way to restore sanity in our political system.
“Dear compatriots, we now live at a challenging time that places great responsibility on us amid the renewed wave of COVID-19. According to different reports, there is a new strain of the pandemic requiring us all to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols.
‘As we mark this season, we must not throw caution to the wind. Rather, we must exercise our freedom with eternal caution and with a deep sense of responsibility to curtail the spread of the pandemic through strict compliance and observance of the COVID-19 protocols.
‘We owe ourselves the eternal duty – not just the government – to regularly wash our hands; avoid crowded places; wear our face shields always; use our nose covers religiously and comply with the protocols that have been issued to stop the spread of the pandemic in our communities.
‘It is my utmost joy to celebrate this joyous occasion with you. While sharing love and care to the needy during this season, you must, as well, be conscious of our safety and security. I wish you all happy celebration,’ Abiru said.