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By: Oluwatosin Adesola
The Deputy-Minority Leader of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Tomide Akinribido has admonished Nigerians to exercise patience and show understanding with governments at all levels as Christians celebrate this year’s Easter amidst COVID19 pandemic lockdown.
Hon. Akinribido who was elected on the platform of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), in his Easter Message, congratulated Christians for witnessing another Easter season.
The lawmaker who is also the member representing Ondo West Constituency-1 said “it is quite unfortunate that the current global pandemic that is ravaging the entire world has occasioned a necessary lockdown and restriction of movement and activities by governments at all levels and will not allow Christians to celebrate with their loved ones as is the norm.
However,health is wealth and i advise all Christians and indeed Nigerians to show patience and understanding with the government at this critical period.”
Hon. Akinribido urged Christians to imbibe the teachings of Easter,which connotes; tolerance, perseverance and sacrifice to the service of God and humanity, especially the needy around them; in reflection to Christ’s teachings and also be resolute as the fight against the COVID19 pandemic gains momentum by the relevant health institutions and government in order to contain the spread of the virus.
The lawmaker also charged Christian leaders to use their ecclesiastical offices to work for religious harmony and tolerance particularly during this trying period.
Hon. Akinribido, who had on Friday, April 10 reached out to another set of 400 residents of his constituency with food items,chickens and cash gifts.
He stressed that the step was to ameliorate the effect of the lockdown on his constituents and appealed to wealthy members of the society to offer help and assistance to the poor and needy around them especially at this period.
The lawmaker urged the indigenes and residents of Ondo kingdom not to circumvent government’s directives to stay home and abstain from Easter Sunday services, adding that this is necessary as it is common knowledge that Nigeria lacks the medical capacity to curb a full-blown pandemic, hence social distancing remains most potent method of checkmating the disease.