Abuja - The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, on Saturday urged Nigerians to cultivate the habit of showing love to one another.
Jonathan made the plea at a three-day transformation and praise programme organised by the Celebration Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Abuja.
The president’s wife said the act of loving one another would promote peace, progress and harmony in the country.
``I urge you to love your neighbour as yourself; don’t love your sister or brother because you are of the same parents. Don’t plan evil against your fellow man because if no-one sees you, God sees you.
``Love your country, be committed to your country, and be proud of your country. I believe our country is better than anywhere else in the world and if we show love, there will be peace, progress and harmony among us.
``This House of God is a place of refuge, so when you err, seek repentance. God is present here, it’s a place of forgiveness and when you repent, God will forgive you because without God we can do nothing,’’ she said.
The First Lady, who expressed gratitude to the electorate for electing President Goodluck Jonathan, urged Nigerians to unite in order to move the country forward.
She unveiled the model of a complex comprising a clinic, primary and secondary school as well as a development centre to be run by the parish.
Pastor Kalu Ndukwe, who represented the General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, said the programme was part of the mission and vision of the church to develop programmes that would assist the people.
``This transformation programme is part of our social responsibility and community development programme in fulfillment of our mission and vision and we pray we would reach the needy through this,’’ he said.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, the pastor-in-charge of the parish, Pastor Chris Okeke, thanked the First Lady for her visit which he said coincided with the opening of the parish.
``We moved here from the garage of one of our sisters; we give God the glory and we thank the First Lady for making out time to witness this programme,’’ he said. (NAN)