Atiku, Others Call For Sacrifice
ONE central message of sacrificial love and forgiveness runs across the stream of messages from diverse categories — political, religious and social — of Nigeria’s leadership yesterday in line with the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
From President Jonathan, Pastor William Folorunsho Kumuyi of the Deeper Christian Life Ministries (DCLM) and former Vice President Atiku, to Governors Peter Obi, Rotimi Amaechi, Olusegun Mimiko, and Kashim Shettima, came solemn calls for sacrifice, love and forgiveness as necessary ingredients for security and peaceful co-existence.
President Jonathan, in his Easter message, said that the country would overcome its developmental challenges in the shortest possible time. Pledging his commitment to dynamic, purposeful and effective leadership to achieve speedy national progress and development, he noted that, as Nigerians, “we all resolve to set aside our differences; work together as one people, and foster peace, harmony and security.”
Governor Obi of Anambra State, in his remarks, called for service of love and sacrifice in the spirit of true Christian living.
Atiku admonished Christians to emulate Jesus Christ by following his exemplary life and his unconditional love for the people.
Pastor Kumuyi, who addressed a press conference at the Deeper Life Conference Centre (DLCC), the Lagos-Ibadan-Expressway venue of the Church’s ongoing Easter retreat, yesterday, also urged political leaders and Nigerians, as a whole, to emulate Christ’s lessons on forgiveness, love and commitment to “servant leadership.”
He also harped on the theme of this year’s Easter Retreat, namely, “Celebrating the Miracle of Calvary,” said: “Today, we remember how Jesus Christ was betrayed, crucified, died, buried, and he rose again.