By Nsan Ndoma-Neji, Calabar
Special Assistant, SA, to the Cross River State governor on Raw Materials Development, Mr Akorokpor Linus, has charged residents of the state to engage themselves in ventures that would foster unity and peaceful co-existence of the people, especially now that Christians all over the world are commemorating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Akorokpor gave the charge while interacting with journalists, during the Easter ceremony in Calabar, stressing that with peaceful co-existence, the society would be a better place for people to live.
Continuing, he averred that good neighborliness, selflessness and patience were among the several virtues taught and exemplified by Jesus Christ, who is the son of God.
He stressed further that if these virtues were imbibed, the problems plaguing the world would be a thing of the past.
The SA urged Christians to use the occasion to seek the face of God for continuous peace in the state and nation at large; calling for an end to insurgency and other insecurity challenges, which has bedeviled the nation.
He said, “I wish all Cross Riverians and Christians across the country and other parts of the world, Happy Easter, as we celebrate God’s greatest sacrifice to mankind.
“As Christians, this period offers us an opportunity to rethink our relationships as individuals, as communities and as a nation. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ typify love, affection and tolerance.
“It also marked the end of evil and the beginning of good deeds. I want to urge us to emulate the virtues of Jesus Christ by positively impacting the lives of friends, colleagues, associates, neighbours and family members.
“As we celebrate this year’s Easter, I want to urge Christian faithful in the state to continue to pray for continuous peace in our dear state, Cross River State, and end to insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, insurgency and other insecurity challenges in Nigeria.”