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Rekindle brotherly love, pray for national peace, NOA tells Nigerians

By Seye Olumide and Ernest Nzor (Abuja)
25 December 2021   |   3:50 am
As Nigerians join the world to celebrate Christmas, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on Nigerians to use the celebrations to rekindle brotherly love among Nigerians and pray for national peace in the spirit of Christmas.

NOA, Dr. Garba Abari

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As Nigerians join the world to celebrate Christmas, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on Nigerians to use the celebrations to rekindle brotherly love among Nigerians and pray for national peace in the spirit of Christmas.

Director General of NOA, Dr. Garba Abari, who made the call in a Christmas felicitation message to Nigerians, yesterday in Abuja, called on the Christian faithful to make special prayers for national peace, unity and progress during the festive season.

In a statement issued by its Assistant Director of Press, Paul Odenyi, Abari said Christmas, which tells the story of God’s love for man and the joy it brings, should inspire Nigerians, as a deeply religious people, to love their fellow human beings and democratise joy by sharing and caring for each other.

Recalling that the year 2021 witnessed pockets of divisive sentiments and insecurity in some parts of the country, Abari was optimistic that if Nigerians imbibed the virtues of love, selflessness and brotherliness, as Christmas preaches, those challenges would quickly be surmounted.

NOA boss, however, canvassed perpetual vigilance by Nigerians as they go about the festivities of the season with a view to preventing security breaches and ensuring protection for them and their loved ones. He also urged Nigerians to use the opportunity of the Christmas and New Year holidays to get vaccinated against COVID-19 while observing all the preventive protocols, especially avoiding crowded spaces during the celebrations.

While wishing Nigerians a joyous Christmas celebration, Abari stressed the need to stay safe throughout the season.

Meanwhile, lawmaker representing Oyo Central zone, Senator Teslim Balogun has also urged the Christians to be sober and circumspect as they celebrate 2021 Christmas, which is the birthday of Jesus Christ.

Folarin made the call through a goodwill message he personally signed and made available to newsmen in Ibadan.

The Chairman Senate Committee on Local Content, while admonishing Christian faithful to continually imbibe the full essence of Christmas, charged them to supplicate for the peace and unity of Nigeria.

He urged all Christians to exemplify the teachings of Jesus Christ, which are deep-rooted in peace for mankind, especially at this critical time of nation building.

The three-term Senator reawakens the consciousness of Nigerians of the reality of new variants of COVID-19.

He lamented extremely low COVID-19 vaccination rate in Nigeria.

More so, former senator representing Cross River State North senatorial zone, Senator Stephen Odey, has called on Nigerians to harmony among each other in order to ensure peace and unity across the country during the Yuletide season.

Odey, in his message to commemorate this year’s Christmas celebration, yesterday in Abuja, Senate Odey, prayed for peace and nation’s unity as well as religious tolerance among the citizenry.

He enjoyed on Christians faithful in particular and Nigerians to use the occasion of the Christmas celebration to renew their faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour of mankind and pray for peace and the development of Nigeria.

He said the Christmas mark the celebration of the birth of a new dawn for the salvation of souls for all humanity especially for the Christian believers and should therefore not be used for evil behavior.

He charged the people of the state to use the season to deepen their faith in God as God has the solution to all societal challenges.

He stressed that this year’s celebration is another opportunity for fervent prayers for a new dawn and prosperous future for individuals and Nigeria nation.

Odey Wish peoples of Cross River North senatorial a joy and love, adding that Merry Christmas to you and your family.