Let love lead this Christmas- Esele

Ohordua (Edo), Dec. 21, Former President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Peter Esele, has appealed to Nigerians to allow their love shine out to people during this Christmas celebration.

Esele made the appeal on Wednesday in Ohordua, Esan South East Local Government Area in Edo, while distributing foodstuff to households in the community.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Esele distributed bags of rice to more than 210 households in the community

According to Esele, Christmas season is a special period to show love not just to family members or friends, but the generality of the society.

He noted that by so doing, the widows, less privileged and vulnerable persons in the society are reached, thereby giving them a sense of belonging.

He explained that the widows were first priority in the distribution because he was aware that in the absence of a breadwinner, the burden of raising families was an excruciating one.

“So this gesture is also part of my willingness to identify with the widows and share their burden in the spirit of the Yuletide.

“We can show love by our actions, we can show love physically, emotionally and also mentally.

“Kindness and humanity should be the driving force behind most of our actions as humans, and so we should let love leads,” he said.

The unionist also stressed the need for all to begin to look out for each other, as this would drive the right behaviour needed for positive impact on the wellbeing.

According to him, the flooding in the country experienced during the rainy season this year did not help matters.

“I am aware of the devastating effect the flooding had on farmers and their crops, and this had greatly affected food production and prices of foodstuff in the market.

“And that is why I said even amidst this current situation, let me do the little I can, than not do at all.”

Meanwhile, some of the beneficiaries have commended the unionist for constantly identifying with his community in spite of the prevailing economic downturn.

In their separate commendation, Pa John Amede, 82-years-old, told NAN that for some years now, the unionist had continued to give the people of his community reasons to look forward to the Christmas.

Amede noted that Esele had demonstrated that he values where he was coming from by his constant association and identifying with his root.

“He is not the richest or the only privileged son from this community, but he is the only person who remembers us and ensure that we celebrate Christmas by having food to eat”, he said.

Mrs Theresa Iyere, 62-years-old widow, was all full of prayers and praises to God and the unionist, who she described as God sent to the community.

She said she had already concluded on a bleak Christmas celebration in her household before the surprised intervention from the unionist.

She therefore appealed to other privileged sons and daughters of the community to emulate the unionist and reach to the poor in the community in particular and the country at large.

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