Dr Kayode Fayemi, the Ekiti State governor, has congratulated Christians in the state, saying the nation can achieve more if the people are united.
The governor urged Christians to continue to live by example in matters relating to love, peace and progress.
Fayemi maintained that Christmas is a season to demonstrate love for one another through giving and peaceful coexistence, adding that such love and generosity and craving for peace should extend beyond the season.
The governor, in a Christmas message signed by Yinka Oyebode, his Chief Press Secretary, said it was only through a practical demonstration of love, peaceful co-existence with one another that Nigerians could unite and forge ahead in the crucial task of nation building.
Fayemi challenged the people to use the opportunity provided by the season to reflect on individual contributions to the peace and progress of their immediate community and the state in general.
While noting that being alive to witness another Christmas remained a privilege, which called for celebration, he advised that the celebration should be done in moderation.
Fayemi said: “Christmas is the season of love, joy, generosity and forgiveness. While we celebrate with friends and family, we should also reflect on our individual contribution to the peace and progress of our immediate community and the larger society.
“That peaceful and prosperous state we all desire would be realised when we live in love and show consideration for others around us.
“We can achieve more if we stay united, extend hands of fellowship to one another and be law abiding.
“We must also rededicate ourselves to the virtues of faith in God, love for one another and make these virtues more evident and practical in our daily living.”
The governor described the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ as the climax of God’s love for mankind, hence Christians should imbibe the lesson of humility as demonstrated in the birth of Jesus Christ in a manger.