Nigeria’s First Lady and President African First Ladies Peace Mission, Dame (Dr) Patience Faka Jonathan, felicitates with Nigerians across the nation at Christmas, especially Nigerian women as they celebrate with other Christians all over the world and has urged them to rededicate themselves to their homes.
She has also asked them to renew their commitment to cherished family values of dedication, unity, love, loyalty, and uprightness. The First Lady stated this in Abuja today, 23/12/2013, in her Christmas message to Nigerians.
Dame Jonathan noted that stable, peaceful homes promote peaceful communities as well as a peaceful nation, with the prospects of an even brighter future for all. She observed that her call is in consonance with the spirit of Christmas which represents, renewal, peace and hope. Her message also urged women whom she described as “perpetual peace promoters” to remind their children and wards of the importance of the virtues of tolerance and peaceful co-existence, as well as the demonstration of respect and humility to all.
She further noted that although Christmas is a time of joy, merriment and the exchange of gifts among family and friends; we must not forget to spare a thought for orphans and the
less privileged in our society.
The First Lady emphasized that this is a season for women to become prayer amazons by
dedicating prayers to their families and the nation, as well as Nigeria’s leaders so that the Almighty can continually imbue them with the wisdom of Solomon and the patience of Job so that peace and unity in our nation is assured.
Also ,the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has directed all officers elected and appointed on the platform of the Party and indeed all members of the PDP to use this year’s Christmas celebration to focus on the underprivileged, the widows, orphans and the homeless as exemplified in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
The party, in a Christmas message signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, on Monday noted that “the coming of Jesus Christ brought salvation, joy and happiness to mankind” and urged all genuine party members to “in the true spirit of Christmas, see beyond the colours and sounds and focus on bringing succour to those who are in need”.
“Christmas presents the ideal time to express love to all, especially the needy and the underprivileged. We must therefore ensure that we use the opportunity presented by this year’s celebration to make sacrifices in love and touch the lives of those around us as illustrated by the Lord Jesus Christ”, the party said, reminding that such “is in line with
its manifesto which principally focuses on the welfare, happiness and prosperity of all Nigerians.”
Stressing that the Christmas message of “peace on earth, goodwill to all men” must not be lost, the PDP urged Nigerians to use this year’s celebration to usher in peace, unity and harmonious co-existence across the country. The party also prayed God to shower His blessings on the nation and wished Nigerians happy celebrations.