Easter: Recession, Insecurity Will Be A Thing Of The Past – Kumuyi

The General Overseerer of thw Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor Williams Kumuy, has encouraged Christians to pray for peace, stability and development of the country.

Kumuyi said this on Sunday at the end of a three-day national Easter Retreat at the Deeper Life Conference Centre, Km 42, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, in Ibafo, Ogun entitled: “Conquering with the Crucified King.’’

He called on Nigerians to show more love to one another and live in peace irrespective of religious, tribal and political differences.

“We should live in peace with one another; if there is no peace, there is not much we can achieve as a nation.

“Every section of the society should embrace peace so that the nation can move forward; and with our faith in the Lord, things will turn around and change for the better,’’ he said.

The cleric also advised people not to commit suicide saying that was not the way out of the present economic hardship the country is currently facing.

“We should not give up, we should not lose hope. People who are taking their lives don’t need to do that because there will always be light at the end of the tunnel.

“When someone had taken his or her life before the light breaks, how would he or she enjoy what the Lord is going to do for the nation?

“I want to encourage everyone to have hope in the Lord because things are going to turn around positively,’’ he said.

Kumuyi assured Christians and Nigerians at large that the present economic recession and security challenges facing the country will soon be a thing of the past.

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Pray For Buhari, Sen Omoworare Urges Nigerians

The Chairman Senate Committee on Rules and Business and Senator Representing Osun East Senatorial District, Babajide Omoworare, has urged Nigerians to keep praying for President Muhammadu Buhari in his move to re-position Nigeria.

He also urged the citizens of the country to engage themselves more in selfless and humanitarian services that would aid the development of Nigeria.

In an Easter message signed by his Media Assistant, Tunde Dairo, on Saturday, Omoworare also charged Nigerians to show the spirit of love and sacrifice.

He urged Nigerians to retain their faith in God and dedicate themselves to godliness, just as he enjoined them to always pray for the country and work for her development.

He said: “At this special time of our nation, we must give our best support and prayer to the constituted authority as represented by the President Muhamadu Buhari-led All Progressive Congress (APC) Federal Government to attain the Nigeria of our collective dream.

“As political leaders, we also have a duty to the Republic and the electorates which is ultimately a responsibility to God.”

Maintaining that the present challenges facing Nigeria was for a purpose, Omoworare stated that Nigerians must learn to project into the future and prevent any possible devastation that could result from the economic downturn as being experienced now.

He added, “‎Collectively, as a nation, we can overcome the challenges of unemployment, insecurity, poverty and other indices antithetical to optimum human living.

“Corruption, violence and other vices must become a thing of the past, we must institute constitutional framework that will make fraudulent practices almost impossible without a penalty. When this is done we will have enormous wealth to maximise our human development indices.”

Easter Should Remind Nigerians Of Need For Rebirth —Aregbesola

Governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Saturday said that only a total rebirth in national consciousness and values would deliver Nigeria from its many challenges.

According to him, renewal, which is a crucial theme in the celebration of Easter, should make Nigerians rediscover themselves for the purpose of their creation in the first place.

In an Easter message signed by his Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, Aregbesola also called on Christians to use the period to supplicate to God on behalf of the country so that Nigeria will be able to come out of the present economic challenges.

Describing Easter as a period of sober reflection, he enjoined Nigerians to live in peace and harmony at all times despite the present economic hardship, stressing that religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence among humans were necessary elements in the sustenance of development.

Speakers Obasa, Salaam Harps On Christian Virtues At Easter

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has urged Christians in particular and Nigerians in general to see the Easter period as opportunity to increase their efforts at showing love and promotion of peace among mankind.

This is also as his counterpart in the state of Osun, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam called on the people of the state to strive to draw useful lessons from the humility, perseverance, sacrifice and love of humanity from Jesus Christ.

Speaker Obasa in his Easter message to Nigerians with particular reference to Christians, urged Nigerians not to relent in cooperating and supporting the All Progressives Congress (APC) governments at centre and state levels in their efforts at putting in place programmes and measures that will enhance and improve the standard of living of Nigerians while also ensuring that they enjoy dividends of democracy even at their doorsteps.

In the message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak, Rt. Hon. Obasa urged Nigerians, particularly Christians to emulate Jesus Christ who through his love for mankind decided to sacrifice his life for people to live.

“Easter is a period to share love and promote peace. Jesus Christ lived and died for peace and love to reign and we can all emulate the exemplary life of Christ by becoming promoter of peace and love.

“No society achieve greatness and growth in the absence of love and peace, hence, the need for us to continue to show love and spread peace among ourselves ,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker said.

 

L-R: Deputy Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; Ondo State APC Chieftain, Dr Tunji Abayomi; and Minority Leader, Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Mukaila Musa when Dr Abayomi led APC members in the Ondo State House of Assembly on a courtesy visit to Obasa in his office in Lagos on Wednesday.

He stated further that Nigerians also need to rededicate themselves and redouble their efforts at supporting and cooperating with the Muhammad Buhari administration at the centre and the Akinwunmi Ambode led government in Lagos State. “Government alone cannot revive the country. We need your support and cooperation always because in salvaging this country from the past maladministration, all hands must be on deck,” he said.

Rt. Hon. Obasa greeted Nigerians and Christians on the celebrations of the Easter and prayed that God will continue to extend His mercies to all Nigerians.

Meanwhile, Speaker Salaam in a statement he personally signed, disclosed that the humility, perseverance, sacrifice and love of humanity displayed by Christ were the beams upon the structure of peaceful and harmonious were rested.

Speaker Salaam stressed that the young donkey Christ rode to Jerusalem was a statement in humility, noting that arrogance in all ramifications should be eschewed, for power arrogance leads to avoidable oppression of the governed, intellectual arrogance breeds wicked class difference and generic arrogance enhances the gap between man as mere mortal and his God.

He then tasked the men of power to hinge more on people as the center of governance, while urging people to support the government with prayer and understanding.

Speaker Salaam then expressed his gratitude to the Christian community in the state for fostering peaceful coexistence and praying the government, pledging that the parliament would not depart from the positive lessons the Christ taught human race under his watch.

Buhari Preaches Peace In Message To Celebrate Easter, Assures That Change Will Come To Be

Fellow Nigerians,

I rejoice with you all, especially our Christian brothers and sisters, as we celebrate Easter.

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

The Gospels also tell us that during his earthly ministry, Jesus Christ repeatedly urged his disciples and followers to “love one another as I have loved you”.

As we celebrate Easter this year, I sincerely believe that it will serve our dear nation very well if we 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.

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.

My administration is determined to achieve greater peace and security across our nation by ending the avoidable conflicts and crises that hinder our national progress.

I ask for greater support from all Nigerians in this regard. 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.

Our armed forces, police and other security agencies are 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 our beloved country.

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.

Faith, belief and the fulfilment of expectations are also key themes of the Easter celebration. I urge you all therefore, to continue to have faith in the future greatness of our country and to believe that the CHANGE my administration promised will surely come to fruition.

That CHANGE, which we all yearn for, will certainly occur more rapidly if we all place the love of our country above selfish personal and group interests.

The National Assembly has just passed the 2016 budget. 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.

I thank the vast majority of Nigerians for their patience and understanding in the first ten months of this administration.

As we go forward, I assure you all that we are working very hard to overcome the challenges we encountered on assumption of office.

We are moving on with an unshaken resolve and determination to deliver on the mandate you gave us on March 28, last year.

I wish you all very happy Easter celebrations.

Muhammadu Buhari

Dogara Felicitates With Christians On Easter Occasion

Mr Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives, on Friday felicitated with the Christian faithful on the occasion of Easter.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Turaki Hassan, Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to the Speaker, in Abuja.

Dogara called on Christians to use the Easter period to pray for the restoration of peace and economic stability in the country.

He said that Easter symbolised sacrifice and service to God and country, and therefore, urged Nigerians to emulate the life of Jesus Christ who laid down his life for mankind.

The speaker also urged Nigerians to be their brothers’ keeper and make necessary sacrifices for their fellow country men and women.

“Times are hard, our country is going through difficult times occasioned by economic downturn. Government alone cannot do it.

“Our contemporary challenges require that we persevere in our prayers for leaders at all levels and the country for divine wisdom to enable us surmount them.

“This time calls for more patience, sacrifice, prayers and a renewed hope in the Nigerian nation.

“We have passed through even more difficult situations before, this too shall pass away, so long as we remain steadfast in our prayers for leaders and the country,” Dogara said.

He said that the challenges facing the country were temporary as the present administration was committed to bringing succour to the people.

Dogara Felicitates With Christians At Easter

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has felicitated with Christian faithfuls on the occasion of Easter.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Turaki Hassan, Dogara called on Christians to use the Easter period to pray for the restoration of peace and economic stability in the nation.

He said Easter symbolises sacrifice and service to God and country and urged Nigerians to emulate the life of Jesus Christ who laid down his life for mankind.

In like manner, the Speaker said Nigerians should be their brothers’ keepers and make necessary sacrifices for their fellow country men and women.

“Times are hard, our country is going through difficult times occasioned by economic downturn. Our contemporary challenges require that we persevere in our prayers for leaders at all levels and the country for divine wisdom to enable us surmount them.”

“This time calls for more patience, sacrifice, prayers and a renewed hope in the Nigerian nation. We have passed through even more difficult situations before, and this too shall pass away as long as we remain committed to bringing the needed change, and steadfast in our prayers for leaders and the country,” the Speaker stated.

He said the challenges facing the country are temporary as the present administration is committed to bringing succour to the populace.

Easter: Senator Adeola Urges Nigerians To Renew Faith

As Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter, Senator Solomon Adeola representing Lagos West Senatorial District has called on Nigerians to renew their faith in the redemption associated with the celebration of Easter.

In his Easter message to his constituents in the largest senatorial district in Nigeria, the senator call for sacrifices from all and sundry to redeem our nation from its present economic doldrums and other challenges stressing that for all believers our present situation should be seen as a temporary phase God can reverse for good.

“As we celebrate Easter, I call on all Nigerians not to lose hope in our nation becoming great and prosperous again. As believers we should continue in prayer for the nation and our leaders to ensure that the God given resources of this country is used for the benefit of all. The promise of salvation is for all that believes in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ” Senator Adeola stated.

Governor Yahaya Bello Charges Kogites To Imbibe The Spirit Of Sacrifice At Easter

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has charged the people of the state to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice which is the hallmark of the Easter celebration, saying the season calls for sober reflection, sacrifice, tolerance and unity.

The Governor, through a press release by his Chief Press Secretary, Kingsley Fanwo called on the people of the state to key into the need for unity and togetherness, urging them to emulate the selfless spirit of Jesus Christ.

“In this season, I call on all Kogites to live a life of love, sacrifice and brotherliness. We are stronger in unity and perseverance as we must all be prepared to contribute our quota to the development of the state.

“We are at a critical juncture where heroes and heroines must emerge to lead our state forward. The season must glue us to our destiny as a people and focus our minds to the need to love one another, which was the impetus that led Jesus to die for the salvation of man”.

Governor Bello urged Christians around the world to promote love and unity, saying the world must be united against every form of hate, strife and terrorism. He charged the church to emulate the sacrifice of Christ by contributing to the upliftment of the poor and the less privileged in the society.

“This is the time for sober reflection. This is the season we need to probe into the state of brotherly love. Now is the time for the Church to probe their existence in consonance with the demands of the religion and life of Christ which was all about living for others.”

The Governor called on the people of the state to continue to have faith in the determination of the government to promote ethnic and religious harmony in order to remove the cog in the wheels of progress.

He said: “I have sworn to serve the people of the state irrespective of class, ethnic or religious status. God in His wisdom decided to create us and permit us to worship him in different ways. Our government shall be fair to all.”

He called on the civil servants in the state to bear with the temporary hardship resulting from the ongoing staff verification exercise, assuring them that the exercise is in their best interest.

“We are monitoring the process of the screening committee. I share the pains of our civil servants and wish to assure them that the exercise will serve their best interest. I call on all civil servants to keep cooperating with our administration to rid our payrolls of ghost workers in order to have enough to pay legitimate workers.”

On why Local Government Councils have not been able to pay their workers, the Governor said government is still awaiting the Allocations Performance Reports from some of the Councils, saying they will pay their salaries as soon as all the Councils comply with the directive which was aimed at ensuring transparency and accountability in the management of Local Government Councils’ funds in the state.

Governor Bello promised to enthrone accountable Local Government administration in the state that will strengthen grassroots development.

He called on the citizens of the state to keep supporting his administration as he is poised to deliver on his promise of leading the state through a New Direction to a new destination of opportunities and prosperity.

Easter Holiday: Osun Again Offers Free Train Ride

As part of its continued commitment to the welfare and well-being of the people, the Government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of Osun has announced this year’s free train ride for the Easter celebration.

In a statement by the Ministry of Commerce, Cooperative, Industry and Empowerment on Wednesday, the free train ride would convey people coming for the Easter festival from Lagos to Osogbo on Friday 25 by 10am.

A return train will depart Osogbo to Lagos on Monday, March 28 by 11 am.

The statement noted that the government did this to ease movements of the people during period of the festivity.

The Government therefore enjoined indigenes of the state to maximise the advantage the free train ride offers them to visit home and enjoy the celebration.

The statement said: “This tradition of free train ride as introduced by the Aregbesola government about five years ago is aimed at facilitating the easy movement of the citizenry wherever they are.

“And this programme takes care of both Islamic and Christian festivities. Since its commencement, we can say confidently that it has been a boost to the economy of the state.

“It is this ease during festival periods that informed the introduction of the scheme by Governor Aregbesola.

“Therefore, it is the wish of government that our people from Lagos, Ogun and Oyo States would seize this window of opportunity by Aregbesola’s government to visit home and celebrate with their relatives.”