By Esezobor Okaima, Abuja
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has urged Nigerians to use the occasion of the Yuletide celebrations to renew their commitment to the promotion of the values of tolerance, brotherhood and unity among all groups in the country.
In his Christmas message, Senator Omo-Agege also called on Christians to imbibe the virtues of humility and love which are the hallmarks of the birth of Jesus Christ.
The Christmas celebrations, he noted, offer Nigerians the opportunity to reflect on God’s love and compassion for man as epitomized in the gift of His only begotten son for man’s salvation.
He said such reflections would help Nigerians understand why they should respect rights and privileges as enshrined in the Constitution, especially the right to life and to enjoy peaceful co-existence with their neighbours.
The lawmaker stated that God’s purpose of sending Jesus Christ into the world is to bring salvation to humanity, an action that demonstrates His love for mankind.
According him, if all Nigerians allow these virtues to guide their daily lives, the society will experience less acrimony, criminality, terrorism, war and other social ills confronting our world today.
He said: “Christmas brings a powerful message: a call for all Christians to reach out to others, be our brothers’ keepers, forgive and let the light of our good deeds shine for all as we care for the sick, the hungry, the downtrodden and others at the verge of despair.
“There is much more to be done and as we celebrate Christmas now, I urge all my constituents and all those supporting us in all parts of Nigeria to embrace the message of unity and hope that we all need very much today, as we march towards a great future”.