Eid-el-Kabir messages: Pray for success of Buhari’s economic agenda, Atiku tells Nigerians •Plateau CP assures on peace

Some pilgrims from Nigeria praying near the Kaabah in Mecca on Saturday as they prepared for the climbing of Mount Arafat which holds today. PHOTO: DAILY MAIL OF UK

Pray for success of Buhari’s economic agenda, Atiku tells NIgerians

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has charged Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general to work hard, persevere and pray for the success of the measures adopted by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in order to restore the country’s economy to good health.

Atiku, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), gave the charge in his Eid-el-Kabir message, urging Nigerians to learn to support one another, especially in the face of the current economic meltdown.

The former vice president, who congratulated Muslims on the celebration of Sallah, called on Nigerians to go out and celebrate the festival despite the economic condition, while assuring them that relief would soon come.

He added that rather than despair, the occasion calls for sober reflection, prayers, cooperation and the display of solidarity among Nigerians so that no one feels left out.

The Turaki Adamawa noted that though the situation of things would take some time to improve because a lot was left undone for too long by previous leaders of the country, there is always a silver lining at the end of a dark cloud.

“Considering how challenging basic survival has become, this is the time for all Nigerians without exception to invoke the spirit of brotherhood and communal fraternity to beat the reality of the hard times,” he said.


Pray for positive change, Ekiti speaker tells Muslims

Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Honourable Kola Oluwawole, has charged Muslims across the nation to use the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir festival to pray for positive change in the nation, “so as to be relived of the current hardship.”

The Speaker, in a congratulatory message to Muslims in the country, particularly those in the state, over the Sallah celebration, signed by his Special Assistant (Media), Stephen Gbadamosi, said the change the ruling party gave was not what Nigerians bargained for, adding that “all hope has, however, not been lost.”

He said the people of the state, particularly the Muslim celebrants, should take advantage of the period to pray to Allah to restore the good fortune of the nation so that the suffering masses would have respite.

“While I use this opportunity to congratulate the Muslim Umah in the entire Moba Local Government Area of the state, the state in general and the nation as a whole, I would want us to use this occasion to pray to the Almighty Allah and call for positive change.

“This current ‘change’ we have is not what Nigerians bargained for.

There is so much hunger and many wrong things in the land. But we should be hopeful and continue to pray. All hopes have not been lost.

I am optimistic that we can get what we ask God to give us.

“We need to beseech the Almighty Allah to give us positive change so that the suffering masses’ plight can be assuaged. The masses need to be assuaged of the current hardship.

“I share in the pain of your inability to celebrate this auspicious festivity as you deemed needed. It’s not only the Muslims that this delicate period met unexpected; we are all involved. But it saddened us that you would celebrate sparsely as a result of something that is not a fault of yours.

“By His grace, you will celebrate many more of this festival in better socio-economic environment. Just c  ontinue to pray for return of positive change. You and your children will celebrate joyful festivities in the nearest future.

“Please, continue to support the Ayo Fayose-led state government. We will continue to strive not to let you down, even in the face of the hardship those who were not ready for governance imposed on us. Barka de Sallah,” he prayed.


‘Seek God’s face for Nigeria’

Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), Oyo State chapter, has urged Muslims to celebrate Sallah by imbibing the lesson of total submission to the will of Allah that the festival preaches.

A Sallah message signed by its chairman, Alhaji Wasiu Aliu and the secretary, Alhaja Rofiah Animasahun, said that in celebrating Eid-el-Kabir, people should be modest and use the period of the festival to seek Allah’s mercies for the country and also use it to further tighten bond of unity among Christianity, Islam and traditional religion.

He also pleaded with citizens, irrespective of religious persuations, to use the occasion to reflect on the virtue of the faith, service and total submission to the will of Allah, the foundation for their lives, because Eid-el-Kabir festival symbolises the fear of Allah and desire of man to always comply with the wish of His creator.


Senator Adeola calls for prayer, perseverance

AS Muslims all over the world celebrates the Eid-el-Kabir tomorrow, the Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Senator Solomon Adeola, has enjoined all Muslim faithful in his senatorial district and Nigerians to continue to persevere and pray for peace and progress.

In his message to felicitate with adherents of the Islamic faith, signed by his media adviser, Kayode Odunaro, Senator Adeola said a strict adherence to the teachings of Islam in the areas of love, brotherliness, piousness, peaceful coexistence as well as tolerance will greatly assist the administration to achieve its stated positive agenda for the nation.

According to him “the present downturn of the economy is a passing phase that will soon be over with correct government policies and peoples’ cooperation with government.”

The senator said he will continue to represent his constituents by ensuring that they continue to enjoy dividends of democracy from the government as well as from his programmes in the area of health, education.

, provision of social amenities like boreholes and transformers among others constituency empowerment programmes all aimed at complementing efforts of government at all levels.

He urged Muslims to shun social vices as contained in the Koran as such are not only detrimental to the individuals well- being on the long run but harm the fabric of society in various ways that may not be immediately seen.


Don’t be disillusioned, hopeless, APGA urges Nigerians

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has advised Nigerians not to be disillusioned and hopeless over the challenges bedevilling the country.

It also urged the citizens to stop ostentatious living and never allow themselves to be hoodwinked with half-a-truth and falsehood regarding the current economic situation.

The National Chairman of the party, Victor Oye, also advised the Muslim community not to allow the current economic meltdown in the country to dampen the importance and spiritual essence of Eid-El-Kabir but to be unfazed, up and doing and alive to their obligations.

In the statement on his behalf signed by the national director of publicity of the party, Ifeanacho Oguejiofor, the APGA national chairman felicitated with the Muslim faithfuls and urged them to  use the period to deeply reflect spiritually and rejuvenate themselves accordingly with the cardinal teachings of Allah.

He called on the haves among them not to forget to share with the have-nots in their midst especially those in the camps of internal displaced persons (IDP).

Oye urged all hands to the pumps to steer the ship of state out of the turbulent waters.

“He wants all Nigerians to have hope that God is in control.”

“Thus,the present eclipse will surely be over and the sun will definitely shine again,” the statement reads.


Plateau CP assures on peace

Plateau State Commisioner of Police, Mr.  Peter Babatunde Ogunyanwo, has warned that anyone who attempted to breach the prevailing peace in the state both during and after Eid-el-Kabir festival would be dealt with.

Addressing newsmen in Jos, the new commissioner of police said all Divisional Police Officers across the state had been placed on alert to monitor all places of worships to avoid breakdown of law and order.

“I have directed my men to be at alert, there was a show of force on Friday. To fully show the people that we are not taking things for granted, security men would be deployed to all strategic places to protect lives and property both during and after the Sallah celebration,” he assured.

The Commissioner of Police, who said security was a collective responsibility, pointed out that his command had placed opinion boxes in various places for suggestions and information from the public.

He enjoined the people of Plateau to be law abiding and sustain the prevailing peace in the state.

On the high rate of crime in the state, the commissioner of police said the command has step up its patrol in all the dark and flash spots across Plateau and charged the people to furnish the command with information on any hideout of criminal elements.


Eyitayo Jegede felicitates with Muslims

Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November governorship election in Ondo State,  Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), has felicitated with Muslim faithful on the occasion of the Eid -el-Kabir festival.

Jegede, in a statement in Akure, appreciated Allah for allowing Muslims to again commemorate Prophet  Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to a command from God.

He emphasised that lessons of sacrifice and understanding for the PDP-led government in Ondo State is needful at this  time of national economic downturn.

He said with their prayers and  support,  the PDP-led government would succeed  itself in the state after the November governorship election.

Jegede also advised residents and people of Ondo State to pray for a successful upcoming November governorship election, devoid of  violence and rancour.


Eschew bitterness and hatred —ACF

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF)  has called on  Nigerians to  eschew  bitterness and hatred on the basis of faith  as Muslim all over the world celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Adha.

This was contained in a statement issued to newsmen in Kaduna, on Saturday and signed  by the National Publicity Secretary of ACF, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim.

According to the statement, “this is a period of sacrifice and a reflection on the significance of the spiritual act. Muslims are therefore enjoined to be steadfast in promoting the tenets of Islam, among which are peaceful coexistence, love, accommodation and understanding.”

The ACF called on Nigerian Muslim Ummah and other Nigerians to eschew unnecessary bitterness and hatred on the basis of faith, tribe or even political leanings.

‘We urge Nigerians to unite in prayers, patience and understanding in this period of  Eid el Kabir Celebration. We also appeal to our leaders at all levels of Government to not only be God’s fearing, just, sincere and responsible in discharging their duties but also show compassion and love.

‘Nigeria is in a trying period of economic recession and security challenges, hence the need to fervently pray for peace, stability and prosperity. However, Government should put in place palliative measures that would alleviate the hardship being experienced by the citizenry due to the economic recession.

ACF equally commends the galant effort of our military and other security agencies in combating the Insurgency, militancy and other criminal activities in the country and urge them to sustain the onslaught.


‘Muslim faithful should continue to pray for Nigeria, Buhari’

AS Muslims in Nigeria prepare to join their counterparts all over the world to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir festival, the Chief Whip, Lagos State House of Assembly, Honourable Rotimi Abiru, has urged them to use the occasion to continue to pray for the country and President Mohammed Buhari to succeed.

The lawmaker representing Shomolu Constituency II made the call on Saturday in his Sallah message, even as he urged Nigerians to join hands, irrespective of their ethnicity or religious affiliation and support President Mohammed Buhari and his team towards moving the country to greater height.

Abiru, while observing that Nigeria is facing economic challenges as a result of which every is undergoing some form of pains, urged the Muslim faithful to remember Nigeria in prayer at this period of current economic situation in the country, expressing the belief that Nigeria shall overcome the tough situation soon.

Speaking further, Abiru, while wishing all Muslim faithful happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration, also called on all Nigerians to shun whatever differences whether political, ethnicity or religious and work towards the greatness of this country by supporting President Buhari and his team.

“We need to move ahead as a nation so Nigerians need to drop the political, ethnicity and religious differences and work towards the greatness of this country by supporting President Muhammadu Buhari and his team.

“Every Nigerian is feeling the pains of economy recession, but we need to be patient, support the government and pray to Almighty Allah at this period of current bad economic situation in the country and we shall overcome the bad situation soon” he said.