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Governor, Rio spread peace message

(L) Governor K. Sankaranarayanan and chief minister Neiphiu Rio at the pre Christmas celebration at Raj Bhavan, Thursday. (R) Children of Orphanage Home presenting a Christmas song. (NP)
Correspondent, KOHIMA, DEC 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Dec. 2008 12:12 AM IST
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Governor K. Sankaranarayanan and chief minister Neiphiu Rio Thursday spread the message of peace in their greetings to the people of the State for the coming Christmas and New Year. Delivering Christmas greetings during the pre-Christmas celebration held at Raj Bhavan Thursday evening, the Governor said Christmas was a “unique reformation,” a time where peace could be brought about. Sankaranarayanan also reminded, “We cannot purchase peace. Money is not the answer.” He also said Christmas was a time to share love, enjoy, make merry and an occasion for all human beings, irrespective of caste or community, to celebrate the season. The governor said 2008 had been a good year and expressed his hope that the coming new year too would be “bright” for the State. Chief minister Neiphiu Rio who also addressed the pre-Christmas celebration, said Nagaland was in much need for peace as the people were acting contrary to what they believe and profess. “Many of us believe in God but we worship money,” Rio said and added Nagas should humble themselves before one another and before God and do good to others. Stating that Christmas was a time for thanksgiving and merrymaking as well as time to forgive and reconcile, the chief minister called upon the Nagas to reconcile with one another and rededicate their lives to God to find true peace through Jesus Christ. For good sense to prevail, Rio said Nagas, as Christians, should worship God in true spirit, and uphold the Christian principles. The programme celebrated with “Peace on Earth” as the theme, was coloured with Christmas songs presented by children from the Orphanage Home Kohima, government officials led by chief secretary Lalhuma, the Ebenezer band, Toshinaro, NSACS Naga Idol 2008, Keneilezonuo Chadi, and members of the Rengma Baptist Church Kohima. Dr. Lulu Aonok read passages from the Bible while Toshi Langu, associate pastor of Ao Baptist Church, delivered Christmas tidings. The programme was chaired by Dzüvinuo Martha Theünuo and Asangla Imsong.

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