My Easter Message to the Nation
By Atiku Abubakar, Waziri of Adamawa; Vice President of Nigeria, 1999-2007
Easter is a time of resurrection. Of dying to what was imperfect and reawakening to what is perfect. This is the message of hope which this season is all about.
Nigeria is going through difficult times. But Easter gives us hope that, as a nation, we will die to challenges and live to our potentials. We will die to extreme poverty and live to extra and prosperity. We will die to strife and be united in life.
Even as we celebrate, I urge all Nigerians to remember the men and women of our armed forces, who are even right now in ditches and trenches in order to keep us safe. Let us also spare a thought to those who have suffered at the hands of terrorists, marauders and criminals. A new Nigeria is being birthed. A Nigeria of possibilities instead of impossibilities.
Suffice to say that Jesus Christ (Nabi Isa) is a compassionate friend to all who are weary and heavy laden, and as we celebrate His resurrection, let us also remember the less privileged in our midst.
Let us also thank God for the fact that we remain as one nation under God. Where there is unity, there is much hope. Much hope indeed.
It is with this in mind that I wish the body of Christ and all Nigerians a happy Easter. May God bless us all and may God bless Nigeria.