The Christian Association of Nigeria has congratulated Nigerians on the occasions of Christmas and Eid-el-Maulud celebrations, with a call on them to see the season as “a great opportunity to reflect on the challenges confronting our nation.”
The President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in a message obtained by The PUNCH on Thursday in Abuja, called on Nigerians to strengthen their collective resolve to fight vices, such as ethnicity, sectionalism and economic hardship threatening to tear the country apart
He said, “On behalf of my family and the entire Christian community in Nigeria under the auspices of CAN, I wish to congratulate all Nigerians on the occasions of Christmas and Eid-el-Maulud celebrations.
“Fellow compatriots, this season offers us another unique opportunity to imbibe the lessons that come with the season.
“For the Christian and Muslim communities, the messages of the two celebrations are clear and key to our collective existence as a nation. I urge all to imbibe and demonstrate the virtues of peacefulness, care for one another and sacrifice that the birth of Christ Jesus and the holy prophet Mohammed preach.
“The season presents us a great opportunity to reflect on the challenges confronting our nation. Let us use this occasion to strengthen our collective resolve to fight vices, such as ethnicity, sectionalism and economic hardship that threaten to tear us apart.
“Let’s give our unalloyed support to the military as they fight to defeat insurgency in the North-East of Nigeria. God bless Nigeria. May the spirit of the season bless us all.”