Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has rejoiced with residents of the State, especially Christian faithful as they celebrate this year’s Christmas, which marks the birth of Jesus Christ.
Governor Sanwo-Olu in a message of goodwill issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, on Friday to commemorate the occasion, urged Christians in the State and Nigeria at large to embrace peace, harmony and tolerance in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ.
He also implored Christians to emulate the life of Jesus Christ by making tolerance, meekness, sacrifice and humility their personal virtues, in line with the teachings and practice of Jesus Christ during his lifetime.
The Governor urged Lagosians to go about their normal activities without the fear of molestation as his administration had taken proactive measures with security agencies to guarantee hitch-free Christmas celebrations for residents of the State.
He said: “As we celebrate Christmas, I am extending my best wishes to every Nigerian, especially Christians across the country and other parts of the world.
“We must not forget the true essence of the season, which is to reflect on the birth of Jesus and its significance to mankind. We should seize the opportunity of the celebration to strengthen our love for one another by being kind and generous to the people around us.
“As we mark this year’s Christmas, I want to urge Christian faithful in the State to continue to live in peace and harmony with believers of other faith. We should emulate virtues of humility, tolerance, perseverance and compassion as exemplified by Jesus Christ, whose birth we are celebrating this season.
“Let us be our brother’s keeper by showing love and compassion to one another throughout this season of giving and kindness.”
While commending Lagosians for their steadfastness, resilience and cooperation with his administration during the Year 2021, Governor Sanwo-Olu reassured Lagos residents of his government’s commitment to good governance and more people-oriented programmes through the THEMES developmental agenda for Greater Lagos in the years ahead.