By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Bauchi State Governor, Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has stressed the need for Nigerians irrespective of political, cultural and religious differences to learn to harmoniously live with one another, while imbibing the spirit of love and togetherness.
He expressed this in a message marking this year’s Christmas celebration, pointing out that the period should also be used to strengthen existing friendships and establish new ones, as he called on Christians in particular to exchange visits among themselves and adherents of other faith during the Christmas period.
The governor appealed to the Christians to use the occasion to pray for peaceful elections in 2023, reiterated his call for mutual respect and peaceful co-existence among our citizenry, saying Jesus Christ had throughout his lifetime preached peace, honesty, love for one another and above all the fear of God.
“It is these virtues that people irrespective of their religious belief are enjoined to imbibe and put into practice. While we celebrate the event with meditation and happiness, we should also reflect seriously on our routine and spiritual deeds in the last one year and pray to God for better and prosperous years ahead”.
Senator said, “It is with great pleasure that I, on behalf of myself, the government and the entire people of Bauchi state extend my warm and sincere message of goodwill to all Christians on the occasion of the 2022 Christmas celebration”.
Mohammed recalled that the annual celebration of Christmas is in commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ who paid the supreme price in order to save the lives of his disciples and followers, as he joined millions of Nigerians in congratulating our Christian brothers and sisters on this year’s Christmas celebration.
He explained that the primary objective of any responsible Government is to ensure security of lives and property of its citizens, hence his government is collaborating with security agencies in the state to address real and perceived threats to security of lives and property of the citizenry.
“The provision of infrastructural facilities and social amenities is aimed at stabilizing and strengthening the economic status of the state to become one of the states that has strong economic base in the country. We shall therefore continue to work relentlessly towards the realization of this noble objective”.
He said that the state government is aware of all the people support since its inception, the reason why it is striving as much as possible to reciprocate the gesture by embarking on policies and programmes that have direct bearing on the lives of the people.