Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has called on Nigerians to embrace the virtues of love and peaceful co-existence that the Christmas season symbolizes .
He urged Nigerians to seize the moment to reach out to fellow Nigerians, who are in distress at this period of the nation’s history.
The governor gave the advice in his Christmas goodwill message.
He said despite the economic challenges, Nigeria was still making steady progress.
Ambode preaches peaceful co-existence
“the season of Christmas is one that exemplifies the virtues of love and peaceful co-existence.
“We must continue to extend hand of love, benevolence and live as one family irrespective of our creed or colour.
“We must also continue to respect each other’s right to live freely and peacefully.
“The period of Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, who is the symbol of Christianity and the harbinger of peace, love and good tidings
“There is no better way to celebrate the season than by showing love and being our brother’s keeper.
“Let us cultivate the habit of giving to those who need our help at this time; it would go a long way to put smile on their faces.”
The need for unity
Governor Ambode further said Nigeria had continued to draw strength from its diversity and emphasised the need for the people to be united in joining hands to move the nation forward.
The governor urged residents of the state to be safety and security conscious, especially during the festive period and refrain from habits that could endanger their lives.
He urged them not to hesitate to report suspicious activities around them by using the Toll free lines 767 and 112.