Easter: President Buhari Message To All Christians
The outbreak of COVID-19 has affected virtually every aspect of life, religious gatherings inclusive. And now, Easter is fast approaching and many Christians are wondering how this year’s Easter celebration will look like.
In a statement he made on Friday, April 10, President Muhammadu Buhari said it is unfortunate that Christians will not celebrate Easter the usual way in church, but rather in their houses because of the COVID-19 lockdown.
A 14-day lockdown had been declared in virtually all the states in the country in order to contain the spread of the virus.
However, President Buhari advised Christians not to lose their faith, and that they will overcome eventually.
He urged Christians not to give up now, but rather be steadfast in prayers and maintain a strong faith.
He also admonished them to stay safe even as they celebrate Easter on Sunday.
Nigeria has recorded about 288 positive COVID-19 cases and about 7 deaths so far.
the President said, “I rejoice with our Christian brothers and sisters as well as all Nigerians on the occasion of the celebration of this year’s Easter.
“However, I wish to enjoin our Christian compatriots to rekindle their faith in Christ who overcame persecution, sufferings and displayed endurance, steadfastness and above all piety.
“ I urge you to imbibe and live the values of humility, discipline, perseverance, sacrifice and obedience which Jesus Christ demonstrated during His stay on earth.”
Buhari stated that Jesus Christ represented man’s ability to withstand temporary pains in the hope of everlasting glory.
According to him, there is no better opportunity than now for all Christians, in particular, and Nigerians, in general, to remain faithful and hopeful that, with intensified prayers backed by personal and collective responsibility, the nation shall pull through this most difficult trial.
“I have no doubt that, if all stakeholders — individuals and groups — play their part to the fullest as advised by our scientists and medical experts in confronting COVID-19, the inherent resilience and determination of our people will enable us to pull through.
“As I stated in my national broadcast on Sunday, March 29, 2020, since there is currently no known vaccine against the virus, ‘the best and most efficient way to avoid getting infected is through regular hygiene and sanitary practices as well as social distancing,’” he added.
Buhari warned that, while the COVID-19 pandemic was seen as a global challenge, his regime was not oblivious of the constant threat posed to national security by terrorists and insurgents.
“They may take this opportunity to perpetrate attacks. But our armed forces and other security and intelligence services will remain vigilant and continue to contain these threats and consolidate efforts to eradicate them completely,” he said.
The President urged Nigerians to make the most of the situation and to keep safe.
He commended the “encouraging” containment and ameliorating strategies put in place by members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, saying, “I am very much aware of the personal and collective inconveniences suffered by our people due to measures such as restriction of movements and closure of business premises.
“Being ‘a matter of life and death,’ these sacrifices are in everybody’s interest to save our country from calamity.
“The welfare of our people is paramount. Accordingly, the most economically vulnerable in our communities will continue to be uppermost in our plans, and efforts will be made to supply them with basic means of survival.”