Pray for peace, economic recovery —Saraki
THE President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Sunday, felicitated with Muslim faithful in the country as they celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir and urged them to pray for peace and accelerated recovery of the nation’s economy.
Saraki in his Sallah message, signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, also urged Nigerians to remain steadfast and committed to the cause of one united and developed country.
He observed that despite the current economic challenges, the country and its people have all that is required to come out better and stronger.
He called on all Nigerians to live in harmony with one another irrespective of ethnic or religious affiliation, adding that the significance of the Eid-el-Kabir festival is to celebrate the true love and grace of Almighty Allah to mankind through sacrifice, devotion and faith.
Nigeria not beyond redemption —Ekweremadu
THE Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has urged all stakeholders to keep every finger on the deck in trying to salvage the nation from the emerging economic challenges.
Ekweremadu, in a sallah message made available to the Nigerian Tribune, on Sunday, said that the nation needs prayers and the concerted efforts of all Nigerians in the economic recovery task.
He enjoined the Muslim Ummah to use the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir to pray for the nation’s quick recovery from her current economic recession, expressing confidence that Nigerians, working together, could heal the nation’s economy.
The Deputy Senate President, however, insisted that prayers would not be enough to see the country out of the woods, adding that Islam as a religion advocates both work and prayer.
Spirit of Eid must guide us in our quest for better society —Senator Bola Tinubu
NATIONAL leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, has called for spirit of sacrifice among Nigerians, saying it will guide in our quest for a better society.
Tinubu, in his sallah message, said: “This spirit of sacrifice and unselfish giving that defines this celebration must guide us all in the way we relate to others and in our quest for a better society. Through sacrifice and a heart and hand of charity we can lift up many who will in turn become better tools for the socio-economic rejuvenation we so desire.
“We must see our current economic situation as a passing phase. We shall overcome. Our faith summons us to have faith, but also to work so that things can get better.”
Bello charges Nigerians to pray for Nigeria
AS Muslims across the globe celebrate Eid-el-Kabir, Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, on Sunday, called on Nigerians to pray for the nation and be prepared to sacrifice for her greatness.
The governor, who gave the charge in a press statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Kingsley Fanwo, said the nation is going through an invaluable opportunity to think out of the box to rebound the nation to greatness.
According to the governor, no nation could grow without selfless sacrifices from her citizens, saying, the season is an example of extraordinary affinity to Allah for breakthrough and progress.
Reflect on nation’s challenges —Okowa
DELTA State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has charged Muslims in the country to reflect on the various challenges facing the nation with a view to collaborating with the government to surmount the problems.
Besides, he said that the challenges require the cooperation of all to achieve meaningful progress and development in the country.
The governor, who stated this in a goodwill message issued in Asaba, by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, to mark this year’s Eid-El-Kabir, stressed the need for Nigerians to be their brothers’ keepers.
Pray for pilgrims’ safe return —Ajimobi
THE governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has urged the country’s Muslim community to imbibe the spirit of togetherness, peaceful co-existence and love towards one another as exemplified by Holy Prophet Muhammed.
He also called for fervent prayers for pilgrims to the Holy Land, as they proceeded to Mount Arafat for prayers on Sunday, to have a hitch-free session and return to their respective countries in good health.
In his congratulatory message to the Islamic adherents on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival, the governor said that only in an atmosphere of peace and love could the people thrive and attain their potential.
A statement by the governor’s Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka, added that the country needed these attributes to achieve the desired greatness.
Imbibe values of sacrifice, endurance —Ambode
LAGOS State governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has called on Muslims in the country to imbibe the values of sacrifice and endurance as they join their counterparts worldwide to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir.
Governor Ambode made the call on Sunday, in his Sallah message, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna, saying the period of the celebration was one that called for every Muslim and other Nigerians to embrace the tenets of sacrifice, patience, humility and brotherly love.
“As we celebrate this auspicious occasion, let us renew our faith in our nation and implore the Almighty God to restore to us those values that place high premium on human life, love of neighbour and sharing even as we ventilate our faith in the unity of our dear country and the possibility of her taking her place in the comity of nations,” Governor Ambode said.
Aregbesola preaches selflessness in service; felicitates with Muslims
Osun State governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, on Sunday, charged Nigerians to be selfless in the discharge of their duties, as he joined others leaders in issuing goodwill messages to Muslims on the occasion of the Eid-el-kabir festival.
He said selflessness helps to build a nation, saying that when the welfare of the people is most paramount, it leads to the emergence of a society with peace, equality and growth.
In a statement signed by his director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, Aregbesola said commitment, perseverance and prayer were the key ingredients needed as the country passes through its worst trial moments.
Al-makura preaches love, tolerance
NASARAWA State governor, Umaru Al-makura, has called on Muslim Ummah to always be guided by the attributes and lessons from the life and times of Holy Prophet Mohammed, which symbolises piety, peace, love, tolerance and good neighbourliness.
The governor, who made the call through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Ahmed Tukur, said Nigeria would easily achieve its potentials if the citizenry strive to achieve peace, security and stability.
He also, urged the Muslim community in the country to be worthy ambassadors of the faith and pray for the progress of the nation.
Emulate ideals exemplified by Prophet Mohammed —Wike
RIVERS State governor, Nyesom Wike, has felicitated with Nigerian Muslims on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, urging them to emulate the Holy Prophet Mohammed by imbibing the ideals of sacrifice exemplified by the Prophet.
In a Sallah message issued by Simeon Nwakaudu, the Special Assistant to the Rivers State governor on Electronic Media, Governor Wike said Eid-el-Kabir is a season of love, peace, togetherness and sacrifice.
He urged all Nigerians to embrace religious tolerance which will promote peace across the country and enhance national development.