The Emir of Zaria, Alhaji Ahmad Bamalli, has urged Nigerians to imbibe the teachings of Jesus Christ on love and sacrifice.
He also called for more security consciousness and observance of all COVID-19 prevention protocols by citizens.
The emir made the call in an interaction with newsmen at his palace in Zaria on Friday.
Bamalli said that in festive period like this, the emirate always preached to people to be law abiding; respect the laws of the land and be security conscious stressing that “this is a trying period.
“Some miscreants always take advantage of the period to do their nefarious activities; we always call on people to be more vigilante, watchful and report any suspicious movement to the nearest authority.
“Normally, in festive period like this, people should observe all COVID-19 prevention protocols”.
The Emir said that Easter was the season in which Christians across the world commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, adding that it was also a season of love, sacrifice and prayers.
Bamalli, while wishing Christians a happy Easter celebration, called on the people to use the period and pray for the development of the Nation.
Niger gov’s aide urges Christians to celebrate with caution
Christian faithful in Niger state have been urged to celebrate Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, with caution as the COVID-19 pandemic has not been fully tackled across the globe.
This is contained in a statement on Friday in Minna signed by Alhaji Nma Kolo, Special Adviser Political and Strategy to the state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bello, and made available to newsmen.
“I charge you all to continue in the spirit of the Holy month and also remember to rejoice with moderation and observe all the Covid-19 protocols including wearing of face masks, hand washing and sanitising as well as keeping social and physical distances because the pandemic has not been totally tamed,” he said.
Kolo said though the state government concerted efforts have been able to considerably contain the disease, the public should always remember that the disease has not been totally wiped out.
“While rejoicing with our Christian brothers and sisters for successfully completing this year’s 40 days Lenten season and the celebration of Easter, I charge you all to continue in the spirit of the Holy month by making more sacrifices for the growth and development of our dear state,” he said.
The Special Adviser enjoined the Christian faithful to always pray for peace and development of the state.
“Remember to always put our state in prayers for divine intervention in the series of challenges facing it especially insecurity coupled with banditry and kidnapping for God to touch the hearts of those behind these illegalities that has taken the lives of hundreds of our people.
“The security challenges has rendered many of our people homeless and jobless and also deprived a number of us freedom because they have continued to be in the captivity of these undesirable elements in the society.
“We should also not forget the down trodden ones among us by sharing part of our God given resources with them during this festive period and after,” he said.
He appreciated the leadership and members of political parties in the state for their roles in maintaining peace, law and order without which the state would not be enjoying the dividends of democracy being provided for the people.