As this year’s Easter comes amid the grim threat of Covid-19, President Muhammadu Buhari urges Christians to rekindle their faith in God and reman steadfast in the face of the pandemic.
In his Easter message, the President enjoins Christians to emulate Christ, who overcame persecution, sufferings and displayed endurance, steadfastness and piety.
In the statement, personally signed by him, President Buhari notes and reminds Christians that Jesus Christ represented man’s ability to withstand temporary pains in the hope of everlasting glory.
He therefore urges them to imbibe and live the values of humility, discipline, perseverance, sacrifice and obedience which Jesus Christ demonstrated during his stay on earth.
He says there is no better opportunity than now for all Christians to remain faithful and hopeful, noting that with intensified prayers, personal and collective responsibility, the nation will wade through this most difficult trial.
The President believes that if all stakeholders play their part to the fullest as advised by medical experts in confronting Covid-19, the inherent resilience and determination of Nigerians will break its ferocity and velocity.
He reiterates that the best and most efficient way to avoid getting infected is through regular hygiene and sanitary practices as well as social distancing.
The President commends the encouraging containment and ameliorating strategies put in place by members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, urging them to continue to remain focused.
He says he is aware of the personal and collective inconveniences being suffered by Nigerians due to the imposition of restriction on movements and the closure of business premises.
President Buhari explains that Covid-19 threat and the struggles to overwhelm it are matters of life and death that require sacrifices to save the country from plunging into unbearable calamities.
He emphasises that the welfare of Nigerians is paramount, explaining that most economically vulnerable Nigerians will continue to be uppermost in government plans, and that efforts will be made to supply them with basic means of survival.
President Buhari says the government is not oblivious of the constant threat posed to national security by terrorists and insurgents, who may take opportunity from efforts at containing Covid-19 to perpetrate attacks.
The President however assures Nigerians that security and intelligence personnel will remain vigilant and continue to contain these threats and consolidate efforts to eradicate them completely.