Easter: NOA urges Nigerians to imbibe virtues of selflessness


As Christians celebrate Easter, the commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has urged Nigerians to imbibe virtues of selflessness and sacrifice toward a better Nigeria.

Dr Garba Abari, the Director-General of NOA in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, described the sacrificial life and death of Christ as constant reminders of how humans ought to put others first before self.

“ If all Nigerians live this way, most of the conflicts witnessed in the nation’s recent history would have been avoided.

“Nigerians, irrespective of religious persuasions should use the occasion of Easter for sober reflections on how we can be more accommodating of other people’s views, cultures and preferences.

“Such will enable us build a nation devoid of recurrent tensions and acrimony. It was clear that one sure way to show patriotism is to love your compatriots as yourself according to the teachings of Jesus.

“Hence, the agency’s `Sharing the Green Grass’` initiative aimed at encouraging herders and farmers to live in peace and tolerate each other,’’ Abari said.

The NOA boss felicitated with Christian faithful over the completion of the Lenten season and prayed for a happy Easter celebration and a more peaceful and prosperous Nigeria.