Ben Ezechime, Enugu
Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State has called on Christians to always remember the sick and vulnerable as they celebrate this year’s Christmas.
Also the Archbishop of Anglican Archdiocese of Enugu, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, has urged Christians to use the occasion of Christmas in remembering the plight of the sick and vulnerable.
They made the call during the Festival of Nine Lessons, Carols and Praise Night, organised by Enugu State Government through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, on Sunday night at Okpara Square Enugu.
Mbah said that the Christmas season was unique, adding that regardless of people’s personal circumstances, they should make concerted effort to spread and share good tidings of peace, joy and goodwill.
“We should happily observe the religious ritual with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours in the spirit of brotherhood,” he said.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Chidiebere Onyia, he emphasised that the essence of Christmas was to promote hope and community services.
According to him, the birth of Jesus Christ is the manifestation of God’s love for humanity, adding that each Christmas reminds people of the central message to love God and neighbours, irrespective of pettish considerations.
“It is a message passed to all generations, religions and ethnic groups during the festive season,” he added.
“Let us continue to ask what can we do to improve our family, neighbourhood, community and the state.”
Speaking, Archbishop Chukwuma explained that the season of Christmas was a time of accepting gift of God and accepting “the mystery that God came down in the flesh to suffer for us and died and conquered the death.”
Speaking on the message entitled “Kenosis,” the cleric said the word (Christ) became flesh and dwelled among us to deliver us from the sin.
“Christ has brought unending joy for us, when he became flesh in your life; your life will transform and there will be paradigm shift when you allow him in your life.”
“Our economy is on trial, Nigerians are suffering untold hardships; no security, employment and nothing is moving and it is only God who can intervene and deliver us.
“This time calls for sober reflections; we should repent and obey God.”