By Idris Khalid
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi has urged Christian communities in the state to use the period of the 2021 Christmas celebration to reflect on the routine spiritual deeds in the last one year and pray to God for a better and prosperous Nigeria.
The Governor in his Goodwill message on the occasion, joined millions of Nigerians in congratulating Christians on this year’s Christmas celebration.
He stasked Christian brothers and sisters to extend hands of fraternity and fellowship to the adherents of other religions and to equally reflect on the life and times of Jesus Christ who used his lifetime to preach peace, honesty, love and tolerance for the maintenance of peace and security of mankind.
Bala said these are virtues that people are expected to emulate irrespective of their religious beliefs, adding that, Christmas period should be an opportunity for Christians to cultivate the habit of love, respect and harmonious relationship with other members of the society.
The Governor reiterated the need for mutual understanding and respect for one another, as well as peaceful coexistence among other various groups.
“I want to use this auspicious occasion to on behalf of myself and the entire people of Bauchi state extend my warm and sincere gratitude and goodwill to Christian brothers and sisters.”
He said that the primary objective of any responsible government is to ensure the security of lives and property of its citizens, hence his administration in collaboration with security agencies is committed at ensuring the safety of lives and property of all people residing in the state.
According to him, the provision of infrastructural facilities across the state is aimed at stabilizing and strengthening the economic status of Bauchis to become one of the states that has a strong economic base in the country .
Bala said his administration is ready to provide the political will that will lead the state to the promised land, and all programs initiated and executed by the government with the aim of taking the majority of the people out of poverty .
He applauded the support of citizens to his government since its inception and pledged to continue to reciprocate the gesture by embarking on policies and programs that have direct bearing on the lives of the people .
Governor Bala therefore appealed to all and sundry to support and cooperate with the state government by giving useful information on criminals and criminal activities in the state .
He prayed that the occasion will be observed peacefully and wished all Christians a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.