By Bridget Ikyado
The Etsu Karu, Luka Panya-Baba, has charged Nigerians to remain hopeful and continue to trust in God during difficult times.
He gave the charge during the Sixth Christmas Carol Service in New karu, stressing that the theme: ”The Reliable one, in an unreliable World”, is a wake up call for Christian faithful to trust God to deliver them from whatever difficulties they are facing.
“At a time like this when people face different challenges, overwhelming fear and uncertainty, it is good to lift the spirit of the people, encourage them to hold on and trust in God,” he said.
He called on well-meaning individuals and corporate organisations to extend support to the needy in Karu Local Government Area (LGA) as part of their social responsibilities to the society.
Estu Karu said the carol is a thanksgiving to God for his divine grace and mercies throughout the year and in preparations for the new year.
He said the essence of Christmas is to give and assist the less-privileged for peace to reign in the society.
While expressing concern over the economic situation in the country, he appealed to Christian faithful to celebrate Christmas with modesty and avoid unnecessary expenses to enable them to meet up with demands of the following year.
“Let us be prudent in spending, after the festivities comes all and even more of our responsibilities, house rents, school resumption, stocking the house with food.
His Highnesses admonished Nigerians to show love, adding that in Karu they promote unity and peace, communal living, and tolerance for one anther.
He stressed the need for the government at all levels to ensure that the people in the rural areas benefit from the various poverty alleviation programmes and to ensure effective security network during the yuletide.
“For us in Karu, we are engaging our women and youth in empowerment programmes, especially with the youths skills acquisition, small skills businesses for them to be self reliant.
Panya-Baba solicited the help of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for intervention projects aimed at reducing crime and poverty.
He said in doing so, they are able to minimise securiy challenges, cultism, drug abuse and other social vices in the community.
He expressed optimism that the country would come out stronger from its current challenges.
Mr Paul Solomon, the President, Gospel Youth Mission (GYM), Karu, said the carol is to preach Christ, the redeemer of the world.
The GYM president advised Christians to wait on the Lord though all trials and temptations as victory against turbulent times will surely come in the end.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was staged to mark the Christmas season, with the massage centering on the creation of man and the coming of Jesus Christ to redeem mankind.
The festival was also attended by Christians from various denominations. (NAN)