I rejoice with you on this historic occasion signifying the triumph of
good over evil, light over darkness, redemption over condemnation, and
hope over despair.
The commemoration of this special season in
Christianity, is always preceded by fasting, piety, humility, penance
and prayers of intercession in the build up to the death of Jesus Christ
on Good Friday, an event which reunited man with his Creator.
The message of Easter is filled with themes of love, faith, sacrifice,
dedication, commitment, fulfilment of prophecy, hope, expectation and
victory, as espoused in the Scriptures and the teachings and lifestyle
of Jesus Christ.
As we celebrate yet another Easter, I urge all
Nigerians to live peacefully with one another and do their utmost to
make Nigeria a beautiful place to reside.
In the almost two years
of this administration, we have worked hard to meet the expectations of
Nigerians by improving security, especially in the North-East,
sustaining the campaign against corruption and have taken steps to
revitalize the economy.
We are determined as never before to
continue with the fight against terrorism and insurgency; sustain the
peace in the Niger Delta through engagements with stakeholders; and
restore peace and stability in other parts of the country.
in our collective interest to live in peace because without peace, no
meaningful and sustainable development can take place.
Lack of peace in
one part affects in one way or the other, all parts of the country. Our
people must rediscover the values of peaceful co-existence, social
justice, religious tolerance, dignity of labour and patriotism.
enjoin all Nigerians to keep faith in the determination and ability of
this administration to change the Nigerian story for the good of all.
I wish all Nigerians happy Easter celebrations.
April 15, 2017