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Easter: Buhari urges Nigerians not to give up on insecurity, uncertainty

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday enjoined Nigerians not to give up in the face of seemingly daunting challenges of life.

He assured in his 2022 Easter message, which he personally signed that Nigeria would soon overcome its uncertainty and insecurity.

He also called on Nigerians to continue to show love to one another, rather than hate, and to also show more patriotism to the general good of society.

“Easter evokes in us the resilience of the human spirit not to give up in the face of seemingly daunting challenges of life.

“This period emboldens us to believe that the current spate of uncertainty and insecurity will soon unfold a season of triumph of good over evil; hope over despair, and light over darkness.

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“I urge us to increase our love for one another rather than hate, and show more patriotism, as this is the only country we have.

“I enjoin us, therefore, to live out the eternal words of Jesus Christ on the cross where he said: ‘‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing.’’

“Let us remember that the scriptural emphasis of love has so much relevance for us today as a nation more than ever before,’’ he stated.

The president, who described this year’s celebration as very unique for adherents of the two great faiths in Nigeria, noted that it culminated the 40-day season of Lent for Christians.

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According to him, this is where the faithful is expected to fast, pray, assist the poor, abhor injustice and strife, give alms, penitently engage in self-examination and repentance of sins.

“Similar values apply to the Muslim faithful, currently about half-way into the holy month of Ramadan.

“For us as a nation, the message of Easter, which commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ after crucifixion and burial, reminds us of the power of divine love, faith and redemption.

“As we approach another season of electioneering, let the security and unity of the nation guide our actions and utterances.

“I wish all Nigerians a joyful and blessed Easter,’’ the president wrote.

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