Cross River State Governor Senator Ben Ayade, has called on Cross Riverians and indeed, Nigerians to reflect deeply on the life of Jesus Christ, who sacrificed all to redeem mankind.
Ayade, who gave the charge in an Easter message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Christian Ita, maintained that it was only through selfless service and sacrifice to the fatherland can Nigeria attain the desired socio-political and economic progress.
“As the Lenten season comes to an end to usher in Easter, let me remind you that we share a holy hunger for clarity about what is good as well as sacrifice, as we thrive to re-focus on what is most central and important to move our dear state and Nigeria forward,” Ayade said.
While urging Christians to use the significance of Easter celebration which he noted was victory of light and life over darkness and death to cultivate the spirit of compassion and forgiveness, Governor Ayade said “it was only these virtues that could help in building a strong, virile, indivisible and cohesive Nigeria.”
He further urged Cross Riverians to embrace God’s ever-new life with “every cell of our being, every yearning of our soul, and every muscle of our will.”
Ayade said for there to be a testimony, there must be trials and tribulations, while reaffirming the resolve of his administration to industrialize the state as well as building the human capacity. The governor further enjoined all Christians to have a refreshing and moderated Easter celebration.
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