The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University Lokoja (FUL), Professor Olayemi Akinwumi has congratulated Christians, particularly Staff, and Students of the University on the celebration of Easter which is being marked worldwide to commemorate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Akinwumi, in a goodwill message released earlier in Lokoja on Friday, April 7, 2023 (Good Friday), admonished Christians to reflect on the sacrifices of Jesus Christ and imbibe His life of love, patience, selflessness, humility, and peace, among other virtues which are the hallmarks of Christianity.
The Professor of History noted that Easter is a unique period that reminds us of God's love for all mankind which made Him send His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to die for the sins of the whole world to save humanity from eternal damnation. He, therefore, urged Christians to strive to live a sacrificial life and show unconditional love to all men irrespective of religion, ethnicity, and social status, saying we all belong to the same Father (God) who loves His children equally without discrimination whatsoever.
Additionally, the Vice-Chancellor used the auspicious occasion to appeal to Nigerians to shun hate speech and refrain from divisive tendencies capable of fanning the embers of disunity that could plunge the country into avoidable disaster. He added that instead of allowing our diversity to tear us apart, we should learn to accommodate our differences, respect one another, show compassion and kindness, and most importantly, embrace peace which is a panacea for rapid and sustainable development.
"Let's join hands together to build our nation - Nigeria, the only country we can truly call our own. On behalf of the Management of Federal University Lokoja, I wish you all a blessed and peaceful Good Friday and Easter Celebration. God bless our dear FUL, Kogi State, and God bless Nigeria,” the statement further read.