Abakaliki, Dec. 24, 2015 (NAN) Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi has assured the people of the state of a crime-free Christmas and New Year celebrations.
In his Christmas message to the citizens, Umahi noted that the government would collaborate with security agencies to achieve the goal.
He assured the citizens that the peace and love that came with the birth of Jesus Christ would not be in short supply.
He urged them to live up to the significance of the celebrations.
“This is a season that peace and love are proffered to all men irrespective of their religious background as we should be prepared to live like Jesus Christ.
“This will make us qualify eminently as Christians, as we should be our brothers’ keeper and respect legally constituted authorities for God’s blessings,’’ he said.
Umahi said that Ebonyi should be seen as the people’s Jerusalem and urged the people to pray for its good, just as the early Christians prayed for the good of Jerusalem.
“The good of Ebonyi shall be translated to our collective good as the good of Jerusalem translated to the good of its people.
“We are determined to make Ebonyi the foremost state in the country, as we will provide the basic attractions of a modern city for the people,” he said.
He noted that the state would be renewed in various sectors such as transport, road construction and educational system, among others and also urged the people to flow with the transformation wind.
“We urge you to pursue your dreams and ideals to enable the state succeed, gain dignity and rise to enviable heights for the benefit of all.
“Christmas is a declaration of a new beginning, the reality of eternal possibilities and renewal of mankind’s salvation,” he said. (NAN)