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Easter: I’m aware of inconveniences suffered by Nigerians – Buhari

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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President Muhammed Buhari has said that he is very much aware of the personal and collective inconveniences suffered by Nigerians due to measures such as restriction of movements and closure of business premises, but being a matter of life and death, these sacrifices are in everybody’s interest to save the country from calamity.

In a statement released by the State House, Abuja on President Buhari’s 2020 Easter Message to Nigerians on Friday, he enjoined Christian compatriots to rekindle their faith in Christ who overcame persecution, sufferings and displayed endurance, steadfastness and above all piety. He said there is no better opportunity than now for all Christians in particular, and Nigerians in general, to remain faithful and hopeful that with intensified prayers backed by personal and collective responsibility, the nation shall pull through this most difficult trial. “Jesus Christ represented man’s ability to withstand temporary pains in the hope of everlasting glory.

I urge you to imbibe and live the values of humility, discipline, perseverance, sacrifice and obedience which Jesus Christ demonstrated during His stay on earth”, he said. He added that the welfare of Nigerians is paramount. “Accordingly, the most economically vulnerable in our communities will continue to be uppermost in our plans, and efforts will be made to supply them with basic means of survival.

While we see the Covid-19 pandemic as a global challenge, this administration is not oblivious of the constant threat posed to our national security by terrorists and insurgents. “They may take this opportunity to perpetrate attacks. But our armed forces and other security and intelligence services will remain vigilant and continue to contain these threats and consolidate efforts to eradicate them completely.

May I use this opportunity to commend the encouraging containment and ameliorating strategies put in place by members of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19″, he said. He also said no doubt if all stakeholders, individuals and groups play their part to the fullest as advised by the scientists and medical experts in confronting Covid-19, the inherent resilience and determination of people will enable Nigeria to pull through.

“As I stated in my national broadcast on Sunday, March 29, 2020, since there is currently no known vaccine against the virus, “the best and most efficient way to avoid getting infected is through regular hygiene and sanitary practices as well as social distancing. As we mark this year’s Easter, whatever the circumstances, I encourage you to make the most of the situation, and to keep safe. I wish you all a Happy Easter”, he said.


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