Kiir pays tribute to Covid-19 victims, wishes S. Sudanese “Merry Christmas”

President Salva Kiir Mayardit |Photo: File

Dec 25, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has sent a message of solidarity to families who might have lost their loved ones to the Coronavirus and wished the people of South Sudan a Merry Christmas.

“My family and I convey our warmest Christmas greetings to all believers who are celebrating the birth of our lord Jesus Christ, both within our country and across the world. As you come together to celebrate this joyous occasion with your families, friends and communities, I am urging all of you to maintain peace during this festive season.”

He added that, “let this season reflect our lord’s status as the Prince of peace through our conduct toward each other. To Christians who do not celebrate Christmas, kindly allow the spirit of ecumenical solidarity to bind you with your neighbours as they partake in these festivities.”

Speaking on Christmas Eve, President Kiir paid tribute to the frontline workers who put their lives on the line every day defending and fighting against the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“As we welcome the Lord in our hearts, I encourage you to remember the challenges we have faced as a country this year and pray that the lord’s spirit will continue to nurture and strengthen our unity to stand together as a people despite these difficulties. We also need to collectively pray for God’s guidance and blessing as we strive to foster deeper understanding in our work to resolve conflict in our country once and for all.”

“During this festive season, let’s remember the compatriots we lost to COVID-19 pandemic and pay tribute to health workers who have been in the fore front in the battle against this virus since the first case was reported. I also would like to take this opportunity to salute all the public servants for their dedicated service to our country, especially the members of organized forces.”

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