The minister of solid minerals development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has congratulated Christians in the country for witnessing this year’s Christmas celebration, urging them to continue to work and pray for peace, as well as live peacefully with one another and with adherents of other religions.
Specifically, he urged Nigerians to pray to God to bless the efforts of the present administration in ensuring an all-round development and progress for the country.
According to Fayemi, Christmas is a season to give and expect little in return, a time to preach peace and love, a time to forgive, live in harmony and seek the face of the King of kings.
The minister, in his Christmas goodwill message, signed by his special assistant on media, Mr Olayinka Oyebode, said that God used the birth of Jesus Christ to demonstrate His love for mankind.
Fayemi noted that being alive to witness another Christmas should be seen as a privilege, judging by the prevailing situation across the world. This, he said, calls for celebration.
He, however, advised Christians to celebrate in moderation and to devote much time to appreciate God for His mercies as well as reflect on the country, with a view to seeking God’s intervention.
While noting that Jesus Christ lived up to his name as the “Prince of Peace”, Fayemi called on all Nigerians, irrespective of their religious affiliations, to tow the line of peace.
He urged Christians to emulate Jesus Christ in words and in deeds, adding: “God has used Christmas to teach us the lessons of humility and that He has the power to do all things”.