Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide advised Nigerians to show hospitality and mutual understanding through alms in the spirit of Christmas.
District Coordinator, South-South Youth Wing in Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mr Chinedu Arthur-Ugwa, said this in his Christmas message to reporters in Owerri on Monday.
Arthur Ogwa, who congratulated Nigerians on the Christmas and Boxing Day celebrations, said it was not wrong for the two celebrations to come simultaneously every year.
He said the festivities offer Nigerians the opportunity to bridge the gap between rich and poor through hospitality and gifts to enhance mutual understanding and national cohesion.
Arthur-Ogwa urged well-meaning Nigerians to give back to the community by sharing what they have with the less fortunate as a way of extending festive hospitality.
He also called on political leaders to give back to Nigerians by creating jobs as well as food and other gifts.
Christmas and Boxing Day celebrations are an opportunity for us to challenge social status, to unite as a nation, and to extend a helping hand to one another.
It also gives us the opportunity to reflect on our homeland with the aim of providing solutions to the country’s challenges, especially as we approach an election year.
We also call on those who stir up trouble through any means to rethink and think deeply about the gains of peaceful coexistence and a society free from hatred in the spirit of the season.
May our hearts give the cause of peace to return to our land regardless of political or other leanings. May peace, unity and progress be our portion. God said help us to understand that we are one family.
Christmas: Ohanaeze calls for hospitality and mutual understanding