President Muhammadu Buhari celebrating his victory with Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state at the state villa (Image credit: Google)

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians, especially Christians not to lose hope in the country as Christians celebrate Easter.

Concise News understands that Buhari gave the charge on Thursday in his Easter message to Nigerians for 2019.

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According to him, “Easter is the most important feast in the Christian calendar and represents God’s redemptive mission over humanity, the triumph of light over darkness, hope over despair and good over evil.

“The Christian festival commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ is also a time to emulate the virtues of love, sacrifice, forgiveness, humility, courage and endurance, which Christ embodied and remarkably demonstrated during His earthly ministry.

“Let us use this auspicious season to show love to our neighbours, and cater to the needs of the less-privileged in our midst.”

He added that “Our nation is currently gripped with gloom over unfortunate killings, kidnappings and violence, as seen in the recent tragic incidents in some states of the federation.

“This should not be. We must reinforce the bond of brotherhood and good neighbourliness that citizens of a cohesive country must share.

“We must not allow the few bad elements in our communities to put asunder our communal tendencies and chords of unity.”

He said his government is doing its best to fight off insurgence and killings in the country as well as reposition the economy.

“On this holy occasion, I enjoin all Nigerians to intensify prayers for peace and security to return to all parts of the country.

“I also urge you not to lose hope of a brighter and greater future for the country when we do the right things in love. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.

“I do not take the import of my re-election for granted, especially the expectations of the majority of Nigerians towards providing adequate security, fixing the economy and fighting corruption.

“The obligation of this administration as we prepare to take governance to the Next Level, is to continue to provide dedicated and honest leadership, where every citizen irrespective of religion or ethnic origin, feels secure to live, invest and prosper; where public office holders are accountable; and lawbreakers are brought to justice.”