President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to live in peace with one another asking each citizen to commit to making the country a beautiful place for all to reside.
This was contained in the President’s Easter message on Saturday to Christians all over the country.
Buhari said that his administration has worked hard to meet the expectations of Nigerians since taking over power two years ago, but added that each citizen has an important role to play in the realization of the Nigeria of our dreams.
“As we celebrate yet another Easter, I urge all Nigerians to live peacefully with one another and do their utmost to make Nigeria a beautiful place to reside,” the President’s message read.
“I congratulate our Christian brothers and sisters on the celebration of this year’s Easter. I rejoice with you on this historic occasion signifying the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, redemption over condemnation, and hope over despair.”
The President re-echoed his administration’s determination to continue the fight against insurgency in the North East, as well as to sustain the peace in the Niger Delta and restore peace and stability in other parts of the country.
He said: “The message of Easter is filled with themes of love, faith, sacrifice, dedication, commitment, fulfilment of prophecy, hope, expectation and victory, as espoused in the Scriptures and the teaching and lifestyle of Jesus Christ.
“In the almost two years of this administration, we have worked hard to meet the expectations of Nigerians by improving security, especially in the north-east, sustaining the campaign against corruption and have taken steps to revitalize the economy.
“We are determined as never before to continue with the fight against terrorism and insurgency; sustain the peace in the Niger Delta through engagements with stakeholders; and restore peace and stability in other parts of the country.”
However, President Buhari insisted that lasting peace is not the responsibility of government alone, rather it is a result of deliberate commitment by the entire citizenry.
“It is in our collective interest to live in peace because without peace, no meaningful and sustainable development can take place,” he stated.
“Lack of peace in one part affects in one way or the other, all parts of the country.
“Our people must rediscover the values of peaceful co-existence, social justice, religious tolerance, dignity of labour and patriotism.”
The President urged Nigerians to keep faith in his administration in its efforts to deliver the positive change it promised Nigerians.