By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has admonished Christians to make sacrifices for the nation, the state and their neighbours during this year’s Easter celebrations, just as Jesus Christ who willingly sacrificed his life to bring salvation to the world.
The Governor who stated this in his Easter Goodwill Message to Christians, urged them to reflect on the twin lessons of the Passion and Death of Christ on Good Friday on the one hand, and His triumphant resurrection after death at Easter on the other hand, with a view to applying the lessons learned in their everyday livelihood.
Governor Lalong, in a statement issued on Friday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mark Longyen, added that, “true Christianity entails showing Love and Sacrifice to our neighbors like the Biblical Good Samaritan, in order to make a difference in the lives of fellow human beings, as exemplified by Jesus Christ.”
“True Christianity also places on our shoulders the responsibility of praying ceaselessly and fervently for our leaders and our country to enable us to overcome the numerous challenges which we currently face as a nation,” Lalong said.
According to Lalong, incidents of insurgency, armed banditry, armed robbery, kidnappings, corruption and many other crimes bedeviling our country can be addressed by prayers as well as inculcating in the youths the right Christian doctrines at an early age.
He, therefore, called on religious leaders in the country to take up the gauntlet of preaching messages of peace, love and sacrifice to their followers in order to build the Nigeria that is our pride and also the pride of our founding fathers.
“Your fervent prayers culminated in my becoming a governor and the emergence and re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari, a man of unparalleled integrity and patriotism as President, so the future is bright for our state and country, and we can guarantee the bright future through our sustained prayers and Christ-like lifestyle,” Lalong added.