Ossai Osagie, Benin
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has urged people of the state and Christians across the country to emulate Jesus Christ’s example of love and selfless sacrifice as espoused in commemoration of Good Friday.
He gave the charge in his message to mark Good Friday, a Christian holiday in preparation of Easter celebration.
The governor said: “As Christian faithful celebrate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Calvary, I urge everyone to take this opportunity to reflect on the significance of this day, the solemnity of selfless service, love and the passion for the downtrodden, especially at this time the entire world is struggling to recover from the disruptions caused by the outbreak of the first and second wave of coronavirus.
“Good Friday embodies Christ’s love for mankind, for which he gave his life. Likewise, as we celebrate, we should remember to be our brother’s keeper, uphold the spirit of togetherness and sacrifice for the greater good of all.”
He also urged people to celebrate with caution in strict adherence to the state’s COVID-19 preventive protocols in order to avoid a surge in cases or a third wave of the pandemic.
Obaseki commended residents of the state for their roles in helping to reduce the Covid-19 infection rate in the state.
“Although we have continued to witness a decline in case positivity and fatality rates amidst ongoing vaccination of eligible members of the public, we urge everyone to continue to observe the necessary precautions, including regular hand washing, wearing facemasks in public and maintaining physical distancing”.