Easter: Jesus Christ Represents Peace Nigeria Needs, Says Shina Peller
Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan
A member of the House of Representatives representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa federal constituency in Oyo State, Hon. Shina Peller,, has described Jesus Christ as a peace-driven prophet whose personality, teachings and virtues represent the peace that every society needs to progress.
Peller in his goodwill message to Christians on the occasion of Easter celebration made available to journalists on Monday by his Press Secretary, Kola Popoola, enjoined all to emulate the virtues of Jesus Christ, otherwise known by Muslims as Prophet Isa.
He listed Jesus Christ’s virtues to include peace, humility, tolerance, charity, patience, honesty, courage, compassion, generosity, fidelity, integrity, fairness, self-control, forgiveness, love and respect for others, which he said are all attributes needed for the society to get better.
The statement read in part, “I identify and rejoice with all Christians on the occasion of 2022 Easter celebration.
“Easter presents to us an opportunity to reflect deeply on the life and death of Jesus Christ, otherwise known as Prophet Isa (AS) by Muslims, with a view to learning from him and emulating his good virtue, humility, selflessness and sacrificial acts to humanity.
“Troughout his lifetime, Jesus Christ preached peaceful coexistence, humility, forgiveness, tolerance, charity, patience and love for one another. As Christians and Muslims, it is very important that we emulate the good virtues of Jesus Christ for our society to fare better.
“So as we celebrate this Easter, I implore us all to spread love, preach peace and scatter seeds of kindness and happiness everywhere around us. Let’s be tolerant of one another irrespective of our religious, tribal and political differences. Above all, let’s be fair in our utterances and dealings with one another.
“Importantly as the 2023 general election beckons, we must not allow any politician to use us irresponsibly or callously to fulfil their political ambition or interest at the detriment of the overall interest of our dear country. We must not allow ourselves to be used as an instrument for division and violence. It is time we jettison the political godfathersim but focus on building strong institutions that the generation yet unborn will be proud of. Once again, Happy Easter to all of us.”