Nigeria will progress faster if we shun ethnic, religious rivalries– Tinubu


Bola Tinubu, the president-elect, has admonished Nigerians
to shun ethnic and religious strife for the country to attain prosperity


The president-elect, in his Easter message to Christians on
Saturday, called on Nigerians to “love our neighbour, regardless of tongue,
faith and tribe”.


In the wake of the 2023 elections, ethnic slurs and divisive
comments have dominated debates among members of different political parties on
social media.


Commenting on the situation, Tinubu urged Nigerians to
“recommit ourselves to edifying and patriotic pursuits in the interest of our


 “I send my best
wishes to Christians in Nigeria and all over the world who are celebrating
Easter this Sunday. As we all enjoy the well-deserved break, I urge every
Nigerian to reflect on the priceless sacrifice and limitless love of God for
mankind,” the president-elect said.


“As we celebrate, let us also remember our obligation, as
God’s children, to love our neighbour, regardless of tongue, faith and tribe.


“For Christians everywhere, this celebration is in
commemoration of Jesus Christ’s life of service and his supreme sacrifice for
the salvation of mankind.

And as we observe Easter this year, let us all imbibe the
essential message of Christ’s ministry and truly begin to love our fellow
Nigerians as we love ourselves.


 “We will make faster
progress towards the achievement of the peaceful, united, strong, progressive
and prosperous country we all desire if we eschew divisive, parochial, ethnic
and religious sentiments and rivalries, and begin to live more harmoniously
with our compatriots.


“Easter is about Renewed Hope and Redemption. It symbolizes
the triumph of hope over despair, love over hate and condemnation, and optimism
over cynicism. Let us embrace this spirit and recommit ourselves to edifying
and patriotic pursuits in the interest of our nation.”


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