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Christmas: Demonstrate love through giving – Obiano

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By Rose Oranye

Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano has stressed the need for people to demonstrate the love which characterises Christmas by reaching out and touching the lives of their neighbours through exchange of gifts.

Making this known in a special Christmas Message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, James Eze, Governor Obiano observed that what made Christmas unique was the demonstration of love among Christians which is often shown by acts of kindness and selfless giving.

“Christmas is the manifestation of God’s greatest love for mankind which he demonstrated by giving us his son, Jesus Christ. Christmas is characterised by the act of giving. When we give, we touch somebody. We show love. We symbolise God’s unconditional love to us in giving us his only son, Jesus.”

He said the Nigerian society was at the crossroads with growing acts of violence, brigandage and terrorism spreading from North to South, adding that “separatist agitators are springing up across the length and breadth of the country. But only love can calm the nation’s troubled waters. Our story shall change when Nigerians begin to treat one another with love and kindness. Love does not discriminate; it does not acknowledge any boundaries; it does not keep a record of wrongs. Nigerians must learn to love one another as the first condition for greatness.”

He further urged the people to be their brothers and sisters’ keepers throughout the Yuletide season and in the approaching year to ensure there is peace and happiness in the society.

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