The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has congratulated Christians in the state and the country in general for witnessing another Christmas.
He urged them to continue to live by example in matters relating to love, goodwill and peace.
Dr Fayemi, in a Christmas message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Oyebode, also called for the celebration of the essence of Christmas through practical demonstration of love and peaceful co -existence with one another.
The Governor said the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ calls for joy and felicitations among the people of God, urging Nigerians to make out time to make rejoice and celebrate with family and friends and renew themselves in the light of peace and joy that Christmas represents.
He urged Nigerians irrespective of their religious beliefs to open their hearts with love in relation to one another, celebrate and pray for the unity and progress of the country as well as a better tomorrow.
The Governor said: “This is a season of joy. We must celebrate with one another and in doing that, spare some time for reflections and supplication to God who rules in the affairs of men.
“To every Christian, Christmas means liberation and salvation by the Almighty. It is also a time to reach out to fellow compatriots in love irrespective of religious leaning. Let us all walk in love, pray and work together for a greater country.”
Dr Fayemi also urged the people to reflect on their individual contributions to the peace and progress of their immediate community and the state in general, during and after the festive season.
Fayemi said: “Christmas is the season of love, joy, generosity and forgiveness. While we celebrate with friends and family, we should also reflect on our individual contribution to the peace and progress of our immediate community and the larger society.
“That peaceful and prosperous state we all desire would be realised when we live in love and show consideration for others around us. We can achieve more if we stay united, extend hands of fellowship to one another and be law abiding.” He said.