Senator George Akume yesterday gave gratitude to God while congratulating all Christians, the people of Benue North-West senatorial district and the teeming supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as well as Nigerians on this year’s commemoration of Christmas.
Akume, according to a press statement issued and signed by him, said, “My heart is filled with immense happiness and I give gratitude to the Almighty God, as I congratulate all Christians, the good people of Benue North-West Senatorial District, the teeming supporters of the APC and indeed all the good people of this nation on this year’s commemoration of the birth of our Lord.
“I am thankful to God for his enduring mercies over us as individuals and as a nation and I also want to appreciate Nigerians because, despite the bleak economic prospects, pervasive corruption, unpredictable political atmosphere, unemployment and hunger, insecurity of lives and properties and the consistent failure of the government of the day to significantly better the lives of Nigerians, we have remained steadfast in our belief and commitment to the founding ideals of our great nation. That we have continued to persevere in the face of these daunting challenges is certainly worthy of commendation.
“As we celebrate the birth of our savior, we should not be carried away by the festivities, but take out time to reflect deeply on the most important principles of all religious faiths which include love, tolerance and selflessness, and continue to imbibe and practice same in all our interactions amongst ourselves and with God Almighty.
“That we are devoted to the celebration of Christmas is an indication that we are conscious of our obligations to the Almighty. I urge all Nigerians to show the same level of religious zeal and take the sacred responsibility of participating constructively in nation building very serious. The birth of our Lord should act as a reminder and as a stimulant that will make all of us join hands with the emerging agents of positive change as we strive to ensure that Nigeria becomes great in the shortest possible time.
Senator Akume wished Nigerians a very memorably Christmas and a happy new year and advised that “we celebrate it with love, restraint and respect for our differences where such exist”.