As Christians all over the world commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ with the celebration of Christmas, immediate past spaeaker of Oyo state house of assembly, Rt Hon. Joshua Gunju Ojo JP, has felicitated with Nigerians and the people of Oyo state.
He said that Christmas was a season to show love and care for one another, adding that Nigerians should use the opportunity offered by the season to enthrone peaceful co-existence across the country.
In a message contained in a statement made available to ROUNDOYO, the seasoned parliamentarian urged christians to offer special prayers during the yuletide for greater love, peace, unity, peaceful co-existence and progress in the state and in the country.
“As the world celebrates Christmas, the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I call on all Christians; and indeed, I call on all residents and citizens of Oyo state and Nigerians and members of the All Progressives Congress, to reflect on the virtues and teachings of Jesus Christ in their lives and activities so that Nigeria and the world would be a better place for all of us.
“I congratulate all Christians for witnessing yet another Christmas season. I advise all of you to use the festive period for sober reflections and total spiritual renewal and devotion towards living in peace and harmony with adherents of other religions.
“Christmas celebration is a period of sacrifice and reflection for which Christians should emulate the virtues of total love and selfless service as demonstrated by Jesus Christ.
“The period presents opportunity for us to return to God and be steadfast in promoting the virtues of Christ, which are love, peace and harmony in all our endeavours.”
The Ogbomoso born APC chieftain, however urged Nigerians to unite and pray for peace and co-existence, and eschew bitterness and hatred on the basis of faith, ethnicity or political leanings.