Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has urged Christians to use the Christmas celebration to reflect on the peace and hope, which the birth of Jesus Christ brought to humanity.
Ikpeazu made the call in Umuahia on Friday in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Onyebuchi Emememanka.
The governor urged Christians to use Christmas to reflect on the huge impact which the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ had on humanity for a better tomorrow.
Ikpeazu, however, urged all Nigerians to be grateful to God for the gift of life in a year, which had particularly proven to be the one of the most challenging years in a long time.
He noted that the COVID-19 pandemic, which shook the very foundation of the world and the world economy, remained the most powerful challenge mankind had faced in recent years.
He said that the challenges that came with the present year made it imperative for Nigerians to show deep gratitude to God for His love and care, and for the gift of life.
Ikpeazu, however, stressed that the resurgence of COVID-19 across the country had highlighted the need for everyone to take the issue very seriously.
He urged the citizens to take deliberate steps to comply with the laid-down protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in order to tackle the pandemic.
Besides, the governor reiterated the total commitment of the state government to make life better for the residents, adding that the 62 active road projects across the state would be completed on schedule.
Ikpeazu reaffirmed his total commitment to the completion of the key projects as well as others across the state.
He promised to hand over a state that would have significant improvements, in terms of critical infrastructure, at the end of his tenure.