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As Christians celebrate Christmas, President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has called on Nigerians to remain steadfast and hopeful despite the hard times they are experiencing.
He expressed optimism that the pains, which Nigerians are going through, occasioned by the removal of petroleum subsidy was for the good of everyone as the gains will manifest in the not distant future saying, “Our today’s pain will surely produce joyful gains in a very short time”
Akpabio, who made the call in a Christmas message issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Hon. Eseme Eyiboh admonished the Christian faithful “To pray, fast and be hopeful because with the birth of Jesus Christ, who is our symbol of hope, love and redemption, Nigeria will also overcome its current challenges”.
According to Akpabio, Christmas calls for reflection on the teachings of Jesus Christ, which were anchored on love for neighbour, peaceful coexistence and loyalty to constituted authorities.
He said” On behalf of my family and constituents, the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and indeed the entire National Assembly, I wish to sincerely congratulate all our Christian brothers and sisters on the celebration of the feast of Christmas, which marks the birth of Jesus Christ.
“As you celebrate, I urge you not only to merry but also, continue to pray for our dear country Nigeria and our leaders, show love to one another and continue to reflect on the life of Jesus Christ, especially his humility, sacrifice, love for neighbour and loyalty to God and constituted authority,” he said.
He advised Nigerians not to give up on their leaders, particularly the present government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu saying “I am confident that with your prayers and support, the current administration will wipe away your tears in the no distant time”.
He noted that “In this season of joy, may Jesus’ birth echo within us all, guiding our thoughts, our words, and our actions. May His hope reignite our spirits, encouraging us to spread love and kindness to those around us. Each small act of goodwill can illuminate a life, bringing light to the darkest corners of our world.
Akpabio said “Christmas is a time when hope fills the air, when merriment and goodwill permeate our hearts. Yet, amidst the glittering lights and festive cheer, it is essential to remember the reason for this season – the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. In a world grappling with uncertainty, strife, and challenges, Jesus remains the beacon of hope, offering solace and assurance to all who seek Him”.