, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 24 – As Christians worldwide prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Friday, the nation’s leaders have been sending messages of goodwill and love as the festivities begin.
Deputy President William Ruto and CORD leader Raila Odinga called on Christians to pray peace and reflect on strengthening unity among Kenyans.
William Ruto has urged Kenyans to unite, maintain peace and love each other to lay a strong foundation for a prosperous nation.
The DP stressed that citizens from all parts of the country must maintain good relations to secure peace and unity among all the Kenyan communities.
“As Kenyans we should appreciate our country and celebrate our God-given blessings by regarding each other as brothers and sisters irrespective of our ethnic or political backgrounds,” said Ruto.
“All of us are in this great nation because of God’s willing and none of us is here by mistake. This is why we should embrace one another and live harmoniously,” added the Deputy President.
The Deputy President made the remarks at his Sugoi home when he hosted thousands Sugoi residents and officials of 32 SOS Children’s Villages in Uasin-Gishu County on the eve of Christmas where he gave them various foodstuffs.
Ruto who was flanked by his wife, Rachel Ruto and their children said Christmas gives Kenya an opportunity to reflect on the seamless integration of spiritual and human welfare.
In his goodwill message to the nation, former Prime Minister Odinga and his family said there is widespread enthusiasm that Christmas becomes ‘a state of mind throughout the coming year that enables faith to overcome doubt, hope to conquer despair, and love to triumph over hate.’
“Mama Ida and I are very happy to send our warmest greetings and best wishes to all those who are celebrating Christmas. We join with Kenyans everywhere in recognizing the sense of renewed hope and comfort this joyous season brings to our nation and the world,” he said
He has expressed optimism and hope that Kenyans will use this season to reflect deeply on the words of the Pope while he visited.
Odinga noted that this year is a special occasion especially for the Catholic faithful after the country hosted Pope Francis in his maiden visit in the continent.
In the spirit of Christmas, the CORD principal extended a goodwill message to both President Kenyatta and his Deputy Ruto.
“Mama Ida and I take this opportunity to wish my friend and brother President Uhuru Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto and their families a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,” he said.
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