ACTING Prime Minister Sam Abal’s Christmas message was for all Christians to pray for the country as most Papua New Guineans celebrated the festive weekend in the peace and comfort of their homes and communities, The National reports.
Spreading the message in front of thousands at his home town, Wabag, on Christmas Eve, he said that Christmas was a time to get blessings from God as well as to give glory to God.
“I urge all people to put God first as everything comes from Him.”
Extra police patrols contributed to peaceful celebrations in the provinces.
However, there were many incidents in several urban centres, notably the National Capital District, where two ethnic clashes claimed the lives of three people on Christmas Day.
NCD Metropolitan Supt Joseph Tondop said city residents celebrated normally elsewhere.
In nearby Central, police reported a double murder at
In Western, more than 130 Papua New Guineans, who attempted to enter
He said Christmas Day was also special for his men who arrested two Baisu jail prisoners, one a suspected bank robber, who had been on the run for the past two months.
And, while celebrations in