The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has urged the Christian faithful to follow the footsteps of Christ and pursue peace, unity, and love towards all men.
Senator Ekweremadu who made the call in his Christmas message, said a nation divided against itself would never be able realize its full potentials.
In the message, signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu, the deputy Senate President said: “As we celebrate Christmas, I call on Nigerians to emulate the forgiving spirit and selflessness of God who sent his only begotten son to save mankind from eternal damnation.
“We must also imbibe the humble, peaceful, and caring natures of Jesus Christ and do away with the vices of recrimination, nepotism, ethno-religious intolerance, and political inconsideration, which have held the country down over the years”.
On the country's current situation, the Senator said that the present economic challenges were another bitter pill arising from the dismantling of fiscal federalism, which he noted, had promoted competitive development, industry, accountability, and good governance in the golden era of the nation’s federalism.
“I hope that someday soon, we would all see the reason to rise above primordial sentiments and proclivity for free money, which promote corruption, indolence, and profligacy and revert to fiscal federalism, a cardinal pillar of the union bequeathed by our founding fathers for realizing our full potentials and greatness”, he added.
He urged the Christian faithful to use the occasion of the Christmas to further commit the nation to God and reach out to the less privileged in the society.
Senator Ekweremadu wished Nigerians a merry and hitch-free Christmas.