The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori has urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the country and keep hope alive amid a world terrified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his Easter Message, the Speaker said that Jesus Christ laid down his life for mankind and He is the reason for the season.
In a Press Statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Dennis Otu, the Speaker stated that the whole world was celebrating Easter in an unusual way this year, imploring all and sundry to pray for healing of the world just as he said that after the darkness, there will be light again.
While felicitating with Christians on the Easter celebration, he appealed to all to be more prayerful than ever before, saying that the world was going through a trying period.
“With a grateful heart and a sober mind I join thousands of Deltans to wish all Christians Happy Easter celebration. Easter is all about the trial, crucifixion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a time for sober reflection. However, we are celebrating this year’s Easter in a very challenging circumstance occasioned by the outbreak and fast-spreading of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic globally. But as children of the living God, we should not despair, let us be prayerful and look up to the author and finisher of our faith. This current dark hour across the globe will give way to light”, he said.
The Speaker added that; “But importantly, as Christians, we must keep hope alive and with this COVID-19 we are experiencing, the Almighty God who we are celebrating His beloved son will heal the Land through the Resurrection power of Jesus Christ at a time such as this”.
According to him also; “We must have the mind of the Saviour of mankind, Jesus Christ in order for our world to know peace and be healed. We must keep hope alive in our present world terrified by the COVID-19 pandemic and as we remember the death of Jesus and celebrate His resurrection, we should use the period to also pray for our dear state and its health workers who are at the front line for God to protect them. I want to commend our Governor for his relentless efforts in this trying period. He has been able to keep Deltans informed on situation of things in the state. My heart goes out to the family of the deceased we lost to the pandemic on Thursday in the state and pray God to grant his soul eternal rest. Let me also use this opportunity to wish the confirmed COVID-19 patient a speedy recovery. This period will also pass away”.
Rt. Hon Oborevwori admonished all Deltans to observe and adhere to instructions given by the state government headed by His Excellency, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa on regular hand washing with soap, use of hand sanitizers and social distancing to curtail any eventuality.
“The Holy son of God has risen, may we be saved through the power of His resurrection and as we celebrate, stay home, stay safe and stay alive to support each other. Wishing Deltans, Nigerians and Christians all over the world Happy Easter celebration”, the Speaker said.