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At Easter, Obaseki, Odubu, PDP urge love, unity, prayer

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday urged Christians to be passionate and loving as the Easter period commands.In a statement, the governor, who also admonished faithful to uphold the spirit of togetherness by checking on one another this season, stressed the need to maintain social relations through digital channels while staying at home.

Also, former Deputy Governor Pius Odubu at the weekend charged Edo people on love amid the daunting challenges in the country.He reminded all that Easter holiday was a time for sober reflection, as it signifies the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus.

His words: “It is pertinent to congratulate all Christians in Edo State, and indeed Nigeria, for yet another opportunity to remind ourselves of the justification of our faith. This year’s Easter festival is coming at a time the whole world is witnessing a global pandemic (coronavirus) which has brought all nations to their knees with tens of thousands losing their lives.

“Today, as we all live in isolation and become vulnerable, what the global suffering portends to us as humans shows that we need others to survive.”He noted that the COVID-19 menace knows no borders, imploring Nigerians to be bold in the face of this trial.

Odubu added that faith, hope and love should be the watchword of Christians more than ever before.
Besides, state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the people to see the novel coronavirus as a phase which would soon be over.

Its State Publicity Secretary, Chris Nehikhare in an Easter message, thanked the citizenry for their prayers. The party enjoined all and sundry to comply strictly with preventive measures canvassed by government and the global health agencies.

Nehikhare said: “As Easter, a holy celebration that epitomises love and sacrifice is upon us, let us use the occasion for self-atonement, especially at this trying times.

“This year’s celebration is, however, different because of the dreaded coronavirus. We will not be able to come together to celebrate the occasion in church or even in our homes as we usually do by hosting friends and family. It is a reflection of the signs of the times. Do not despair. This too will pass.

“We must acknowledge the doctors, nurses and medical workers who are at the frontlines saving lives. We appreciate the job they are doing despite the lack of investment and incentive by government in the health sector.”

Meanwhile, the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations (NACOMYO) yesterday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for pardoning 2,600 prisoners nationwide in deference to the social distancing directive of government to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement in Benin city by its National President, Sani Suleiman, the body also applauded the decision to give state pardon to the late Chief Anthony Enahoro, Prof. Ambrose Alli, Lt.-Col. Moses Effiong (rtd), Major E.J. Olarenwaju and others, adding: “We believe that in Islam, it is better to let a person walk free whose guilt cannot be proven than incarcerate an innocent person.

“This is against the background that over 70 per cent of inmates of our overcrowded correctional services were not convicts but awaiting trial due to the slow judicial process in the country.” It beseeched relevant government agencies to reform the country’s prisons and focus more on crime-prevention.


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