The National Orientation Agency (NOA) on Friday asked Nigerians to spend the Christmas season praying for renewed love, unity, and brotherhood among citizens as the country celebrates Christmas alongside the rest of the world.
During his Christmas message of goodwill to the Nigerian people, NOA Director-General, Dr Garba Abari, issued the following call, explaining that the timing of Christmas and the electioneering season in Nigeria made it necessary.
According to a statement released by Abari’s Assistant Director of Press, Paul Odenyi, Nigeria has come far in its journey toward nationhood. It must not allow political wrangling to bring discord or threaten the bond of unity it has enjoyed. Odenyi also noted that Christmas is an excellent opportunity to relate and celebrate together across political divides.
Abari went on to encourage his fellow citizens to take the holiday season as an opportunity to pray for the welfare of their neighbours and the peace and prosperity of Nigeria.
To paraphrase what he said: “Christmas shows God’s unselfish love for man, manifested in the birth of Jesus Christ as a gift to humanity.
As he put it, “If we all selflessly love and care for the next person, irrespective of their religious, political and other persuasions, it will translate into a sacrificial love for our country and a genuinely collective effort at national development.”
As a result, he urged his fellow Nigerians to follow Christ’s example and restore the country’s broken bonds of love, togetherness, and goodwill.
The head of the NOA urged his compatriots to celebrate Christmas lawfully and peacefully.