By Bamidele Moses
Governor Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has appealed to Nigerians to go into prayer to God soliciting for His intervention in the economic and security challenges facing the nation.
Aregbesola made the appeal on the occasion of Easter celebration urging them to see the season beyond eating and drinking in the course of the celebration.
According to him,”the lesson of Easter is that we too can live a life of sacrifice for our country especially at this time when Nigeria appears to be at the crossroads in terms of the economic and security challenges besetting her.
“Beyond the eating and drinking in the course of the celebration, we should go to God in prayer to solicit His intervention.”
Aregbesola noted that only a total rebirth in national consciousness and values would deliver Nigeria from its many challenges.
He said renewal, which a crucial theme in the celebration of Easter, should make Nigerians rediscover themselves for the purpose of their creation in the first place.
Aregbesola in a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, also called on all, especially 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.
Aregbesola, who described Easter as a period of sober reflection, enjoined Nigerians to live in peace and harmony at all times despite the present economic hardship.
According to him, religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence among humans were necessary elements in the sustenance of development.
He said, “It gives me great joy to felicitate with Christians on this Easter celebration. As we rejoice in the glory of God, we must not lose sight of the teachings of the period.
“Jesus Christ’s life was a demonstration of absolute love. We, as creations of God, must learn to live in love and peace. We must learn to live exemplary life.
“We should all at this time pray for the sustenance of peace and also pray that the present economic situation must come an immediate end. But we need that renewal as a people and that must come with new values.