Gov. Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State on Monday urged people of the state to allow true love to prevail over all forms of hatred, bitterness and malice.
Yero gave the advice in Kaduna in a Christmas message signed by his Media Assistant, Malam Kabiru Kaura.
"His Excellency is urging all the people of Kaduna State to allow true love for their fellow human beings, for Kaduna state and for Nigeria to prevail over all forms of hatred, bitterness and malice, now and in the coming year.
"The governor said the period was not only meant for celebration, but a holy season of kindling the spirit of hospitality, love, peace, as well as sober reflection on God's blessings to us.
"His Excellency, therefore, calls on all Christians and the entire people of Kaduna State to be committed to religious harmony, peaceful living and understanding of one another."
The message also urged Christians "to shun tribal, ethnic and religious teachings that are not in consonance with those of Jesus Christ who came as an embodiment of peace and love".
The statement reiterated the governor’s commitment to the development of all sectors in the state.
According to the statement, Yero enjoined the people to be security conscious and to assist government in ensuring the sustenance of peace, unity and development in the state.