Uche Ekwunife preaches tolerance, love, kindness on Valentine’s Day & Ash Wednesday

As we celebrate the essence of love on this Valentine’s Day, I extend my greetings to each and every one of you. In this moment of reflection, let us prioritize the values that bind us together as a people.

Tolerance is the cornerstone of unity, allowing us to appreciate our differences and build bridges of understanding. Let love be the guiding force that transcends divisions, enabling an environment of harmony and acceptance.

Benevolence is a powerful tool to uplift those around us. By practicing kindness and generosity, we contribute to the well-being of our community and create a ripple effect of positivity.

Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves and others. As we navigate the complexities of life, let us find it in our hearts to forgive, releasing the burden of resentment and paving the way for healing and reconciliation.

Extending help to the needy is an embodiment of love in action. In times of struggle, our collective efforts can make a significant impact. Let us reach out to those in need, offering support and compassion.

In embracing these values—tolerance, benevolence, forgiveness, and extending help to the needy—we fortify the foundation of a stronger, more compassionate society. Together, let us nurture a community where love prevails, guiding our actions and interactions.

Interestingly, this year’s Valentine’s Day celebration coincides with Ash Wednesday; a holy day of prayer and fasting in many Christian denominations. It is indeed a reminder of Genesis 3:19 which says, “Remember, thou art dust and unto dust thou shall return”. Such a compelling experience for sober reflection. That said let us imbibe the culture of empathy as we have the grace of any day.

With sincere wishes for a day filled with love and a future abundant in kindness,

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Senator Uche Ekwunife (Iyom) Ph.D, CON,
Director General, South East Governors Forum