By David Adeoye
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has urged citizens of the state, particularly Christians to use the Christmas season to pray for peace, unity and leadership of the state and the nation.
Makinde, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, on Thursday in Ibadan, felicitated with the Christian faithful.
The governor equally urged Christians across the country to emulate Christ, who, according to him, is the reason for the season.
He said that they could do this by showing love to others, living in harmony with their neighbours and demonstrating the spirit of brotherliness.
The governor congratulated those who are alive to witness this year’s Christmas, adding that everyone who made it to this season must remain thankful to the Almighty.
“Christmas is a season to love, to care and to cater to the needs of the underprivileged. Christian faithful must endeavour to touch other lives positively during the Christmas and always.
“They should show love to others, live in harmony and always demonstrate the selfless spirit.
“Above all, I encourage Christians to pray more for Oyo State, Nigeria and the leadership as well, because we need prayers at this point to surmount various challenges,” he said.
According to him, some of such daunting challenges include the COVID-19-induced recession and the pandemic itself, which experts said had entered its second wave.
“Let me also use this opportunity to warn everyone as they go about celebrating Christmas, please continue to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 guidelines and continue to #OwnYourAction.
“May the peace of the Lord be with us all as we celebrate I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,” Makinde said. (NAN)