The Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria has enjoined Nigerians to plant the seeds of love and peace rather than spreading hatred.
Chairman of the conference who is also the Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin made this declaration via a statement issued on Tuesday.
He said it was time for Nigerians, irrespective of their tribes, religious diversity and political affiliations, to create an environment in which love abounds and life thrives.
Ogundoyin, while felicitating with Christians and Nigerians in general on the occasion of this year’s Christmas, urged them to spread love among themselves.
He maintained that this will go in line with the central message of the birth of Jesus Christ.
He decried the level at which animosity and hatred has eaten deep into the fabrics of the nation. He then urged Nigerians to avoid ethnic and religious bigotry.
Ogundoyin said, “Christmas is a time to give, love and promote goodwill and understanding amongst ourselves. Let’s observe Christmas with piety and extension of love to one another. It is not just a day but a season. It is a season of joy, happiness. It is a period when abundant love should flow freely in everyone’s heart.
“We are one nation so love should be made the foundation of our co-existence. People who spread love tend to be happier and have a more optimistic view of life. When we spread love, it comes to us in manifolds. Love they say makes the world go round.
“So rather than spreading hatred, let’s plant the seeds of love, peace and happiness amongst ourselves. Nigeria would be a better place for everyone if we show love to ourselves. Let’s remember that Jesus Christ came to the world as a demonstration of God’s love. I therefore wish all Nigerians a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New year, 2024.