President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday urged all Nigerians to shun actions which negate the spirit of Christmas.
The president said this in a message to mark the 2019 Christmas.
“Celebrating the spirit and virtues of Christmas need not be a one-day affair, but rather, ought to continue into the New Year,’’ he said.
The president also enjoined all citizens to imbibe and demonstrate the essence of the season of love and goodwill among all the ethnic groups in the country.
He also stressed the need for Nigerians to imbibe the culture of giving and sharing and strengthening the bonds of brotherhood and good neighbourliness.
The president said there was the need for the citizens to focus on all that bind the nation together as one united country.
“As we celebrate Christmas, let us remember to pray for members of our armed forces and other security agencies who are making so much sacrifice to protect us from people of evil intent.
“We should also extend love to the families of those whose bread-winners made the ultimate sacrifice while defending their fatherland.
“I appeal to motorists to drive with care this festive season, while road safety and security officials should ensure compliance with safety measures to avoid needless accidents and attendant loss of life and property. I wish you a Merry Christmas, and a more fulfilling New Year 2020,’’ he said.