By Deborah Coker
The Edo chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged residents of the state to use the Easter occasion for self atonement even in the face of the covid-19 pandemic.
This was contained in a statement by Mr Chris Nehikhare, the state Publicity Secretary of the party and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Saturday.
Nehikhare acknowledged the difficult situation as the state navigates the coronavirus pandemic and predicts that normalcy would soon return.
According to him, “Let us use the occasion for self atonement as Easter, a holy celebration that epitomized love and sacrifice is upon us.
“Let us use the occasion for self atonement especially at this trying times, and especially as we are engaged in a battle like never before with an invisible enemy.
“This year’s Celebration will however be different because of the dreaded coronavirus.
“We will not be able to come together to celebrate the occasion in churches or even in our homes as we usually do by hosting friends and family.
“It’s a reflection of the signs of the times, but do not despair. This too will pass,” he said.
He also acknowledged the doctors, nurses and medical workers who are at the frontline saving lives.
“We appreciate the job they are doing despite the lack of investment and incentive by government in the health sector.
“We implore the populace to cooperate with the government by observing the rules of social distancing, reporting symptoms, washing of hands and practicing good personal hygiene.
“With this, our state and nation will come out of the trial and life will return to normal. Let’s not lose sight that no tomb in the world could contain the Lord Jesus for long.
“His death on the cross purchased our redemption and his triumph over the grave on Easter morning defeated death.
“His resurrection time and time again rekindles hope; that just as he rose from the dead, we too, will rise again with him in eternity.
“May this Easter mystery deepen our faith, hope and love,” Nehikhare further said.