Dakuku calls for moderation in celebration


* Asks Christians to focus on real essence of the season

Immediate past Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside has called on Nigerians not to lose sight of the significance of Christmas and celebrate moderately.

According to him, Christians must continually understand why God sent Jesus Christ to the world to redeem mankind and pave way for our salvation.

Dr Peterside, who stated this in his Christmas message, stated that the reason for the season is to enable Christians appreciate the circumstances that surrounded the birth of Jesus Christ and the need to appreciate love for one another.

“Beyond the issue of celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ is the need for Christians to deepen their knowledge and understanding of God’s love for mankind.

“Whilst we make merry and give out gift items, we must also show love to one other and avoid situations that tend to divide us as a people.

“Christmas is the period of love, grace and forgiveness. While we celebrate with friends and family, we must be concerned with our attitude and contributions to a better society.

“We must rededicate ourselves to the reason for the season, keep faith in God and continue to appreciate each other’s strength and weakness,” he stressed.