Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has urged Christians in the state and the country at large to reflect on the reason for Easter by showing love, forgiveness and compassion to one another.
The governor said this in his Easter message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Richard Olatunde, to the people of the state on Friday in Akure.
Akeredolu described the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as a symbol of sacrifice and renewed hope for the believers and admonished the people to reinforce their trust and hope for a greater Nigeria.
According to the governor, despite the various challenges facing the country, the hope and trust of the people were the seeds needed to surmount these obstacles and birth a greater Nigeria.
“The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ represents Christ’s victory over death. It also brings to fore, the lessons of love, sacrifice and a renewed hope for mankind. We must imbibe the teachings this season represents.
“As a people desirous of positive change, we must strive not to lose hope; rather, we must invest our trust in God and work hard to emplace good governance in all levels of government.
“As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, let us show love to our neighbors and remember the less-privileged.
”Just as Jesus sacrificed his life for our salvation, we must reflect the values of peace and sacrifice as we celebrate with one another,” he said.
Akeredolu assured the people of adequate security of lives and property before, during and after the Easter celebration.
He said that the security agencies alongside the state security network codenamed Amotekun were all at strategic locations across the state to ensure a peaceful Easter celebration.