Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun and his Oyo state counterpart, Seyi Makinde have both called for prayers, love and sacrifice amid the scourge of coronavirus global pandemic even as the world celebrates Easter today.
Prince Dapo Abiodun at the weekend called on residents and citizens of the State to put their hope on God in the face of the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.
The governor also called on them to play their roles as true citizens through love and sacrifice for the general good of the society.
He said the lockdown ordered by government to flatten the curve of the coronavirus is one sacrifice we all must make at this period to defeat the deadliest pandemic.
In his Easter Message to the people, Governor Abidoun said it is only through love and sacrifice toward the good of society that the people could uphold the legacy of Jesus Christ which is encapsulated in His selfless love and sacrifice on behalf of humanity.
Governor Abiodun said: “The greatest legacy that Jesus Christ left for us is the legacy of love and sacrifice. I believe the best way we can carry on that legacy is to fulfill our obligations to our society.”
The Governor urged all Nigerians to reflect on the measures put in place by government, both at federal and state levels to contain the spread of the pandemic by avoiding high-density gatherings and by maintaining social distance as presribed by medical professionals.
What's more, Easter, the Governor further noted, “is a period when we engage in sober recollection of the ultimate and selfless sacrifice of love that Jesus Christ made on our behalf,” adding that society requires more expression of love to improve the quality of life of the people.
He stressed that the period calls for deep reflection on what the people’s roles and obligations should be to make the world a better place for posterity, Governor Abiodun declared, “We require abundance of love and sacrifice to maintain the harmonious and peaceful co-existence amongst the various peoples in our State for which we have come to be known.”
He called on all stakeholders to cooperate with health givers and the laity to seek spiritual intervention as the blood shed on the cross of calvary is enough atonement for mankind's illnesses.
The Governor thanks the people for their show of solidarity at this critical period and for their individual sacrifices to see an end to the global pandemic.
Easter: Makinde calls for prayers, sacrifice, love
In same vein, Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has rallied residents of the State to be full of prayers and imbibe Christlike sacrifice this season of Easter.
The governor, who stated this in his Easter message to the people of the state, said that residents and especially those of the Christian faith, must use the opportunity of the Easter season to engage in more prayers for the State and Nigeria.
A statement made available to the Media by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the governor also encouraged the people to imbibe the lessons of sacrificial living and love, which he said are the hallmarks of Easter.
The statement added that Jesus Christ enormously demonstrated the height of sacrifice and true love for humanity through his death and resurrection.
According to the statement, sacrifice, love and increased prayers were important at a critical time like this, when the world is fighting the novel Covid-19 pandemic.
Governor Makinde said: “As the world marks another Easter, a reminder of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross and his resurrection, it is pertinent to felicitate with residents of Oyo State, especially those of the Christian faith.
“While regretting that they could not celebrate the Easter festivity as they are wont to, due to the restrictions brought upon us all by the need control social gathering and movements as a result of moves to contain COVID -19, I must salute the commitment, comportment and prayers of all residents of the State in the last few weeks.
“I also want to assure residents of the State that their government is doing everything possible to protect them and to ensure that the Easter festivity goes as seamless as possible.
“As we celebrate the Easter season, it is another opportunity to offer more prayers to God to heal the world by granting wisdom and direction to humanity on a solution to Covid-19. As the Bible makes it clear that the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous avails much, I am sure that our prayers can go a long way at this critical period.
“Also, as a people, this season offers us the opportunity to put into practice the lessons of sacrifice and love, which are the reasons for Easter. I urge you all to be selfless and sacrificial at a period that the State and the country goes through so much and to also show love in every little way.
“It is my sincere prayer that God in His infinite mercy will heal our lands and make these trying times to pass over us in a short while. I felicitate you all and wish you a Happy Easter.”