Lagosians celebrate Christmas in style as Nigerian leaders preach sacrifice and peace

Special church services have been held across the Lagos metropolis like in other parts of the globe as part of activities marking Christmas Day. Christian faithful use the day to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, over two thousand years ago.

 

It is also a time of renewal when mankind draws closer to God in appreciation of the gift of His son, Jesus Christ.

Also, Christmas decorations, music, Christmas fowls, aroma of meals prepared to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the red and white attire worn by the old and the young were all pointers to the mood of Christians in the metropolis.

Children were not left out in this, as they dress up in their Sunday best which varies in colours.

The smile on their faces cannot be misunderstood for something else but happiness.

When Metro FM visited some areas in Lagos to ascertain the mood of people amidst the celebration, some of the children expressed their happy feelings.

The federal government has declared today and tomorrow as public holiday to celebrate the Christmas.

In his Christmas message, President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Christian faithful to emulate the virtues of Jesus Christ, as they celebrate his birth.

President Jonathan thanked God for helping the country to overcome the many challenges it had faced since last year.

He assured Nigerians that the national conference planned for next year would serve as a major platform for the citizens to resolve contentious issues in the polity.

The President called on all Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the ideals which the Messiah preached and exemplified during his ministry.

In a goodwill message, Governor Babatunde Fashola has called on Christians to imbibe the enduring lessons of sacrifice which the season represents.

According to him, the promise of the country’s greatness cannot be realized without sacrifice on the part of all citizens.

He also advised Nigerians to unite, both in mind and action to rescue the nation from its current situation stressing the need to make necessary sacrifice and to also believe in Nigeria.

The traditional ruler of Anifowoshe community in Ikeja, Chief Kayode Okeyemi wants the youths to be law abiding as they celebrate the Christmas.

Chief Okeyemi who made the appeal in an interview with Metro FM noted that all interest groups including the youths were working closely to sustain peace in his domain.

He wished all Lagosians happy celebration while urging them to emulate the life of Jesus Christ.

On the part of a religious leader, The Methodist Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos Mainland, The Right Reverend Isaac Olawuyi, he advises transporters to maintain the old fares on all routes across the country as a way of reciprocating the price stability and availability of the petroleum products by the federal government this festive season.

Bishop Olawuyi who said that Christ depicted love and good neighbourliness added that adjustment of fares during and after the Christmas and New Year celebrations contradicted all sound logic.

In his contribution, the Provost of Saint Theresas Cherubim and Seraphim, Mushin, Prophet Wole Alaba Shitta, called on political leaders in the country to emulate the leadership style of Jesus Christ in service of the people.

The Cleric said that lack of selfless leadership is the bane of this country.

Similarly, the General Overseer of the Holy Trinity Gospel Church, Idi-Araba, The Reverend Peter Savage said that the best way for Christians to celebrate Christmas is for them to follow the footsteps of Christ.

He stated that the period should be a time of reflection and for the people to move closer to their creator to whom they would return.

Also, an Islamic Cleric has called on religious leaders irrespective of their religion to tolerate one another in ensuring peaceful co-existence in the country.

The President, Muslim Youths Society of Nigeria, Alhaji Ibraheem Alebiosu made the call in an interview with Metro FM in Lagos.

Alhaji Alebiosu explained that Islam is a religion of peace and everyone should contribute his quota in making Nigeria a peaceful country.

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