- President Buhari felicitates with Christians in Nigeria on the solemn occasion of the commencement of the Lenten season
- He urges Christians to emulate the worthy example of Jesus Christ who fasted 40 days at the beginning of his earthly ministry
- Presidency reacts to Soyinka’s comments, insists security not failing
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Christians in Nigeria to pray fervently for the country’s unity and progress.
The president made the call on Wednesday, February 14, when he felicitated with Christians in Nigeria on the solemn occasion of the commencement of this year’s Lenten season.
In a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, the president urged Christians to emulate the worthy example of Jesus Christ who fasted 40 days at the beginning of His earthly ministry.
He expressed the believe that Nigeria’s existence as one united country is a divine arrangement and nothing should be done to put it asunder.
The president enjoined all Nigerians to intensify love, brotherliness and concern for the less privileged members of their communities in order to strengthen the bond of togetherness.
"As Christians begin the period of increased prayers, piety, sacrifice and selfless services, the President wishes them and all Nigerians well," the statement read
Meanwhile, the presidency has reacted to comments made by Professor Wole Soyinka in which he called on Nigerians to defend themselves in the heat of prevailing security challenges.
Channels reports that the special adviser to the President on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, noted on Tuesday February 13, while speaking about the call during his appearance on Politics Today, that the federal government would review the suggestion from the Nobel laureate.
Adesina said this a few hours after Professor Soyinka decried the spate of killings in parts of the country.
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