Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has urged Christian faithful to imbibe the virtues of peace, love, sacrifice and forgiveness which are the lessons of Easter.
In his Easter message, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Peter Okhiria, the Governor said “as we join Christians all over the world to celebrate this Easter, I urge the faithful in Edo State and Nigeria to imbibe the core values of Christianity and the lessons of the season which are sacrifice, love, sharing and forgiveness of sins.
“We should remember that the progenitor of the Christian faith is also known as the ‘Prince of Peace’ and we should, therefore, embrace peace with all men and maintain the peace which we have enjoyed in the state in the past years.
“As we celebrate, we should not forget to extend a hand of fellowship to the less-privileged among us, as Christ taught us to ‘love our neighbours as our ourselves.’
“This season offers me another opportunity to offer my deep appreciation to the good people Edo State for their confidence in, and support for this government in the past seven years which has culminated in the high level of success recorded in our efforts to rebuild the dilapidated structures and infrastructure which we met on ground in 2008.
“Our modest achievements have been due, largely, to the prayers and support of the faithful, and I urge you, in my last Easter message to you as Governor of Edo State, to extend the same level of support to my successor who will continue from where we stop and build on the solid structures we have put in place.
“I extend my appreciation to the Muslim faithful and people of other faith in the state for the love they have generously showered on me and the prevailing peace in the state, and I appeal to them to continue to maintain this peace now and beyond the life of this administration.
“As we celebrate, I pray that the joy of Easter encompasses you as we renew our strength to build the Edo of our dreams.”