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Ekweremadu, Mark Preach Love, Tolerance, Forgiveness at Easter

Posted: Mar 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike EKweremadu and immediate past Senate President, David Mark, yesterday joined other Nigerian leaders to call for love, tolerance and forgiveness amongst Nigerians in the spirit of the Easter celebration.

In separate goodwill messages issued by their media men, the two leaders  said exhibiting such virtues at this time by Nigerians to fellow Nigerians, will in no small way, help in moving the country forward.

Specifically, Ekweremadu in his message said recrimination, un forgiveness, and selfishness were major clogs in the nation’s wheel of progress.


He said: “The Easter celebration is another reminder that forgiveness and self-sacrifice remain indispensable factors in nation-building. I, therefore, call on the Christian faithful and all Nigerians to imbibe Christ’s sense of self-sacrifice by putting the nation’s interest above personal and other narrow interests. 



“Recrimination, unforgiveness, and selfishness are not only unchristian, but will also make our journey to the Promised Land farther and more tedious. We must learn to eschew the bitterness and forgive hurts of the past to be able to face the future with renewed spirit of love and hope so that, together, we can a Nigeria of our dreams”.



While wishing the Christian faithful a happy Easter celebration, the Deputy President of the Senate enjoined Nigerians to seize the opportunity of the to rich out the sick and less privileges with a view to giving them a new and better lease of life, just as Christ did for mankind.

Mark  in his own message maintained that virtues  such as religious tolerance and good neighbourliness are  strategic for  peaceful coexistence and meaningful development.


He   urged Nigerians to respect the sanctity of the constitution which prescribes freedom of worship in which every citizen can uphold and practice his or her chosen faith any where without molestation .

According to him,  ” the situation in Nigeria today calls for trust and confidence building between and among different religious groups which  only religious tolerance and harmonious relationship amongst citizens in the country can cure”.

Such issues like the  various ethno- religious conflicts, he stressed retards  growth and development.

Senator Mark therefore implored the clergymen to inculcate in their followers the time- tested  virtues of our faith  anchored on love, sacrifice , forgiveness  and good neighbourliness which the  Lord  Jesus Christ symbolizes.

He told   Christian faithful to remember the  less privileged in the society especially hundreds of thousands of our country men and women  now in various Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps  across the country displaced from their homes on account of so many violent crisis.

He  also urged government at all levels to put  necessary machinery in motion to create an enabling environment for citizens to engage in productive ventures needed to assist the  ailing economy out of the woods.

Senator Mark was optimistic that the economic and socio-political challenges at the moment could be a blessing in disguise as it may be the needed tonic to compel the nation to diversify the economy for good.

For good governance and ultimate meaningful development, he urged the three arms of government, the Executive, the Judiciary and the Legislature to close ranks and work for the common good of the citizenry.