Christmas: Give kindness not criticism – Tinubu tells Nigerians

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The National Leader of All Progressive Congress APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said that Nigerians should put their heart in rendering help instead of blaming people for the situation in which they find themselves, while give kindness not criticism, give bread and meat not bitterness and despair.

In his Christmas Goodwill message on Thursday, Asiwaju said the spirit and teachings of Jesus Christ provide a precious gift, using this gift wisely with one another shall emerge from turbulent storm a better and more just nation, a more compassionate people with a more hopeful future.

According to him, “In normal times, Christmas offers Nigerians of all faiths an opportunity to gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of Jesus. “Unfortunately, I must beseech you to forgo such large gatherings this year for the sake of our collective health.

“In its essence, Christmas is a celebration of life and this year Nigerians best celebrate life by doing what must be done to protect loved ones from COVID-19. Yet we must take solace in the fact that nothing, not even this virus, can rob us of the spirit of Christmas and the hope and brotherly love it represents”.

He added that despite all that Nigerians have gone through, let kindness reign during this period. “Let us place in our hearts and minds the commitment to be more tolerant and less judgmental of our fellow man. Let us put in our heart how we can help those who are without instead of blaming people for the situation in which they find themselves.

“Give those who currently lack kindness not criticism; give them bread and meat, not bitterness and despair. COVID came to steal much from us. But if we act in the spirit of Jesus, we shall defeat this disease and the other ills it seeks to impose on us”, he said.

He noted that Nigerians must adhere to the teachings and manner of Jesus to uplift one another and this great nation. “By doing so, we not only celebrate the birth of Jesus, we celebrate his life and the divine reason he came to live among us. it is difficult to say “Merry Christmas” because the moment which we now inhabit does not lend itself to merriment.

“However, I dearly wish each and every Nigerian a “Peaceful, Prosperous and Meaningful Christmas” and I pray that we act toward each other as Jesus instructed. If we can do this, we will emerge from the current turbulence a much better people, society and nation. bless you all on this special day”, he said.

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