Former President Goodluck Jonathan has lamented that Nigerians and the world in general are currently going through a season of hardship.
Jonathan said both Nigerians and the world were going through the season of hardship, fear and despair due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
In his Easter message to Nigerians, the former president urged citizens to remain steadfast in faith, boundless in hope and obstinate in love for God and humanity.
A statement he signed reads: “I extend my best wishes to all Christian faithful in Nigeria and around the world as we celebrate this year’s Easter. It is a moment of thanksgiving as well as an opportunity to reflect on the benefits of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“From Holy Scriptures, we understand that the purpose of Christ’s death on the cross was to redeem humanity from the bondage of sin, establish His love on us and grant us access to eternal life.
“At Easter, our common testimonies are tales of the triumph of life over death, songs of victory over the devil and celebrations of love, mercy and grace.
“These are not the best of times for Nigerians and many others around the world because of the global crisis caused by the outbreak of COVID – 19 pandemic, which has disrupted the fate and fortunes of many.
“It has been a season of hardship for some and a moment of fear and despair for others.
In all these, we must remain steadfast in faith, boundless in hope and obstinate in love for God and humanity.”
He, however, called on Nigerians not to allow the current challenges to overwhelm them.
Jonathan stressed that with love, unity and faith, Nigerians will overcome the present challenge.
“We must not allow the challenges of this present time to overwhelm the riches of God’s grace and the truth of His love towards us, as nothing can separate us from the love of God.”
“Let us continue to live in faith and walk in love so we can conquer all our national challenges; for the troubles of this time will surely redound unto greater honour and glory for us all. Happy Easter Celebrations,” Jonathan said.