Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state has congratulated the Christian community on the completion of lent, with its attendant disciplines of fasting, prayers and charity as well as Easter celebrations, which commenced with good Friday.
Speaking in an Easter message issued on Saturday by the Special Adviser on Media and Communications, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, el-Rufai felicitated with the Christian community on the special occasion of Easter.
He said, “The enduring message of Easter which is victory over darkness, is poignant amidst the uniquely difficult circumstances in which Easter is being celebrated this year”.
The governor noted that the uniquely difficult circumstances the COVID-19 pandemic has created, and impacted on formal acts of worship to celebrate Easter.
‘’The closure of churches due to quarantine conditions in many places across the world, makes it impossible to celebrate Easter in the traditional way; a most unusual development.
“I urged the Christian community to keep hope alive even in these dire moments. With careful attention to preventive measures, humanity will rise above the devastations and disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Just as the pains and humiliation of the crucifixion ended in the triumph of the resurrection, today’s difficulties shall provide renewal, a chance to give thanks anew to Almighty God.‘’
El-Rufai who appealed to all communities in Kaduna state to uphold peace and harmony, urged all residents to observe social distance, practice regular hand washing with soap and water and avoid large gatherings to protect everyone from COVID-19.
The statement also appealed to citizens of Kaduna state to comply with the terms of the quarantine imposed on the state.