The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has urged citizens in the state to celebrate the Christmas while observing all COVID-19 protocols so as to curtail the impact of the pandemic. The state governor in his Christmas massage released through a press release by the Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State, Dr. Makut Simon Macham on Thursday 24th December 2020.
As Christians celebrate Christmas to mark the birth of Jesus Christ, Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong says this year’s event calls for the demonstration of love, compassion and sacrifice which are key attributes of Jesus Christ.
Governor Lalong in a message said this year’s Christmas celebration comes at a time that appears difficult and challenging, but because of the love and mercies of God, there is no reason to despair and be despondent.
He said, “the world and indeed Plateau State has gone through tremendous challenges occasioned by the Corona virus pandemic which has significantly altered human interaction and impacted negatively on the economy. This has resulted in hardship to both Governments and citizens. Nevertheless, we have collectively demonstrated resilience and hope. This should continue especially as we mark the birth of Jesus Christ who primarily came to give hope to mankind”.
The Governor therefore urged the Christian faithful to not only be hopeful, but also use the period of Christmas to show love to one another as well as work for a more united, peaceful and tolerant society.
He said his administration will continue to give the needed leadership that will fast-track economic recovery and stimulate empowerment of youths, women and the entire citizenry.
While wishing the citizens a merry Christmas, Lalong again appealed to them to be careful and observe all COVID-19 protocols so as to curtail the impact of the pandemic which is on the rise due to the second wave.