President Buhari’s Easter message to Nigerians

By Ben Adam Shemang, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari is rejoicing with Nigerian Christians, as they celebrate Easter, calling on them to love one another.

President Buhari said for Christians all over the world, this celebration is in commemoration of the supreme sacrifice which Jesus Christ made for the salvation of mankind.

In a message he personally signed, President Buhari quoted the gospel also says that during his earthly ministry, Jesus Christ repeatedly urged his disciples and followers to “love one another as I have loved you.”

As Nigerians celebrate Easter, President Buhari believes that it will serve the nation very well if people all imbibe this essential message of Jesus Christ and truly learn to love our countrymen and women as we love ourselves.

“Indeed, we will surely make faster progress towards the achievement of the peaceful, united, strong, progressive and prosperous country we all desire if, as a nation, we eschew all divisive, parochial, ethnic and religious sentiments and rivalries, and begin to live more harmoniously with our compatriots, as Jesus Christ and the founders of the world’s other great religions enjoined mankind,” the president said.

He condemned the killings and lawlessness the country is witnessing of recent “Our unfortunate notoriety in recent years as a country where the blood of men, women and children are wantonly and callously shed in frequent orgies of criminal, political, ethnic and religious violence has become very embarrassing and utterly unacceptable.”

He said his administration was determined to achieve greater peace and security across our nation by ending the avoidable conflicts and crises that hinder our national progress.

President Buhari stressed that, “We must put a stop to politically motivated killings. Our communities must be made safe again for all inhabitants to live together in peace and harmony.”

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He assured Nigerians that the armed forces, police and other security agencies were being progressively reformed, repositioned and empowered to win the war against terrorism and make mass killings, abductions and other criminal atrocities things of the past in Nigeria.

“Let us all also play our parts as patriotic citizens and do all that we can to ensure that we make Nigeria a safer, more peaceful and happier place for its people and others,” he urged Nigerians.

On the passage of the 2016 budget by the National Assembly, the President said, “I assure all Nigerians that we will do our utmost best to ensure that the budget, the first since my election as President, is efficiently and successfully implemented towards achieving our objective of faster economic growth and development.”