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Christmas: Nigerians charged to exhibit love, promote unity


ABUJA – The Chief Executive, National Library of Nigeria (NLN), Mr Abba Jato, on Monday urged Nigerians to exhibit love to one another during the Yuletide and beyond to encourage peace and unity in the country.
Jato made the call in Abuja at the NLN’s maiden Christmas Carol, organised by its members of staff.
He said that the essence of carol was to celebrate the birth of Jesus and the significance of the love he showed to mankind.
According to Jato, Christians and Muslims in his organisation jointly arranged the carol to promote unity amongst the different religious groups and ensure peace in the country.
“God created all mankind equally; therefore there should be no form of discrimination among religious groups, whether Christians, Muslims, pagans, idol worshippers or any other religion.
“We should see each other as humans and not as religious entities, so that love can grow among us; peace will be ensured, development will be sustained and Nigeria will not be divided,’’ Jato said.
The CEO called on Nigerians to take advantage of the research tools provided in the library to enhance their knowledge.
Mr Chuks Ifewekwu, the Director, Research and Statistics, NLN, in his address, encouraged Nigerians to show love to their neighbours, colleagues and the less privileged in the festive season.
He said that love was the lesson of Christmas because that was the real significance of Christ’s birth and His death on the cross.
Ifewekwu charged librarians to exhibit positive attitude towards their work and focus on things that would bring development to the national library.
“Christmas is not all about eating, dancing and wearing new clothes; we should use this season to reflect on the lessons of Christmas, show love and give gifts to people who do not have,’’ he said.
Also giving his exhortation at the carol, Pastor Joe Samuel said that “ God is love and his love is unconditional and unselfish.’’
He said that the purpose of human creation was to exhibit love, stating that the absence of love was the genesis of all the crises in the world.
Samuel tasked Nigerians to make positive impact on their generations and to ensure they left good legacies. (NAN)

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