Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos on Saturday urged Nigerians to see the Easter season as a period to think on how to help steer the nation back on the road to peace, stability and prosperity.
Ambode in his Easter message released by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna in Lagos, said this could be achieved by working in the spirit of togetherness.
He said there was no better time for the country to unite and eschew bitterness along ethnic and religious lines.
According to him, no challenge is insurmountable where unity of purpose thrives.
Nigeria, he said, is capable of making faster progress towards the achievement of the peaceful, united, strong, progressive and prosperous country that citizens desire.
Ambode said this is possible “if, as a nation, we eschew all divisive, parochial, ethnic and religious sentiments and rivalries, and begin to live more harmoniously with one another, as Jesus Christ enjoined us to”.
He urged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of tolerance, peaceful co-existence and sacrifice for one another.
The governor said that development and growth could only occur in the nation when all tribes and tongue unite and speak with one voice.
He said that such fundamental values would go a long way in promoting and strengthening the foundation of love, peace and harmony in the country.
He said: “The Easter season should serve as a reminder to the selflessness, love, sacrifice and tolerance of Jesus Christ throughout His earthly sojourn, his death and his resurrection.
“Jesus exemplified the virtues of selflessness, love and tolerance during his period on earth.
“I urge Christians to use the season as a period to reflect on their individual and collective roles towards promoting and sustaining that foundation of love, peace and harmony in the nation.”
The governor commended Lagos residents for their continued demonstration and promotion of mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence in spite of existing ethnic, cultural and religious diversities.
He said that the cooperation of residents was responsible for the massive development achieved by the government across the State in the last 34 months.
While wishing residents a happy Easter celebration, Governor Ambode enjoined them to continue to support his administration to deliver more developmental projects that would make their lives more comfortable.