By Kingsley Madaki
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Malam Mohammed Bello has called on residents of the FCT, especially Christians to use the Easter period not only to reflect on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as a pathway to peaceful co-existence of all, but also use the opportunity it presents to re-dedicate themselves to the love and service of Nigeria.
The minister who felicitated with Christian faithful on the celebration of Easter in his message expressed gratitude to residents for their cooperation and support for the FCT administration in the efforts at building a befitting capital territory worthy of our Nigeria.
Bello appealed to residents of the FCT to continue to imbibe the spirit of peaceful co-existence, unity, and love for one another which are the ideals and principles on which the FCT is founded.
“The commendable acts of residents are often rallying around each other in challenging moments, irrespective of religious or ethnic differences is an indication that the dreams of our founding fathers in creating the FCT as the center of unity have taken deep roots and are flourishing.
“I call on you, therefore, to continue to believe in and actively promote this culture of peace and unity and equally impart the same to the young generation of residents, many of whom know no home other than the FCT.
“We should resist all attempts by those who do not share these noble ideals to cause disharmony in our ranks especially as political activities take center stage across the country.
“I wish to assure you all that security agencies have put measures in place to ensure the peaceful celebration of Easter and also call on residents to be security conscious and follow all guidelines issued by the relevant security authorities regarding the Easter celebrations,” the minister said.
The minister also advised residents to always cooperate with the security agencies for the protection of lives and properties in their communities, that any suspicious behavior or individuals should immediately be brought to the attention of law enforcement agencies.
“The FCT Administration on its part will continue to dedicate itself to the implementation of projects that will have the greatest impact on the majority of residents, especially in the provision of social service infrastructure.
“It is important to also remind residents that COVID -19 has not been eradicated and I hereby call on you to celebrate Easter in conformity with all extant guidelines. I urge you to continue to pray for the overall development of our country and her leaders,” he said.