A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu,, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have urged Christians to imbibe the lessons of the birth of Jesus Christ.
In a Christmas message to Nigerians, Mr. Tinubu said emulating Christ is the only way the blessings of Christmas would always abide beyond the celebration.
“The lessons of humility, selflessness, humanity and meekness that we glean from the evergreen Christmas story must not depart from our relationships here on earth,” said Mr. Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State.
“Nigeria is at the cusp of a new moral threshold and the role of religion in making a success of this effort is critical. While wishing Nigerians a merry Christmas we must not forget that Nigeria needs us to contribute our quota in making it achieve greatness.”
Mr. Tinubu advised Nigerians to make the sacrifice necessary and appropriate in making the new political dispensation a success.
According to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, Mr. Dogara said the present administration is determined to surmount the many challenges facing the country.
“In recent weeks and days many people have been asking where is the change? What is the future of this country?”
“Europe is struggling with refugees, Arab countries are in turmoil while some countries are even failed states.
”Here in Nigeria, the greatest challenge is that of drop in revenue and income distribution”.
Mr. Dogara also described these challenges as inherited, saying that: “before this government took over, workers in many states were not paid salaries for months, our economy was badly damaged, and there was massive looting.”
While expressing hope and optimism for a better tomorrow, the Speaker said a leadership had emerged with a will to tackle the challenges.
“Of course it will take time. The president was humble enough to apologise to Nigerians for the hardship over fuel scarcity.
“Every generation has come with some peculiar problems and also come with men and women that will help overcome those challenges. That is the message of hope that I bring to you. Working together, we will be able to solve those problems.”