Eid-el-Fitr: Atiku tasks FG on citizens’ welfare post-COVID-19
Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Presidential flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2019 election has advised the Federal Government to focus on welfare-driven governance post-COVID-19.
Atiku who is also the Wazirin Adamawa said such governance style would enable the system to mitigate the challenges that would follow the impact of the pandemic on governance and the economy.
Tribune Online reports that this was contained in the Eid-el-Fitr message personally signed by the former Vice President who urged political leaders at all levels to focus on the welfare of the people pointing out that the Prophet Mohammed (SAW) remained an example in this direction.
Atiku’s message entitled: “My Eid-el-Fitr Message To Nigerians” reads in part: “It is also incumbent on governments at all levels, that in planning for the post-COVID-19 era, the welfare of the people should be of paramount priority.
“People in leadership positions all over the world should learn from countless examples of how Prophet Muhammed (SAW) and his immediate disciples took the welfare of the people as a priority in the administration of a state.
“This time calls for sacrifice in leadership. This is no time for extravagance and living in luxury.
“This year’s Eid-el-Fitr celebration is already a special one. But I wish all Nigerian Muslims and their counterparts across the world a more special celebration, filled with pleasant moments as we pray together and enjoy the day with our families.”
Atiku noted that this year’s Eid-el-Fitr celebration marking the end of the Ramadan fast would remain historic especially as it imposed restrictions on congregational worship in May regards.
His words: “Just as it was a Ramadan like none other, the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations marking the end of the fasting this year too would be epochal.
“I am sure there would be very few Muslims alive today – if any – who had witnessed a Ramadan fasting like the one we just had, and Eid celebration such as we would have this year without the mandatory congressional prayers.
“We fasted this year without spiritual acts of worship that accompany the Holy month of Ramadan like attending tafsir (evening sermons before breaking of fast), sharing of Iftar with family, friends and the needy, and even the voluntary seclusion during the last ten days of the blessed Ramadan.
“But all these structures could not have made our fasting less valid because, as Muslims, we believe that everything that happens is with the command of Almighty Allah. We are taught in the scripture and the Sunnah of Noble Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that God would test our faith individually and as an Ummah.
“The current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic is a test from Allah and, having fasted as we are enjoined as Muslims, let us continue to remember that it is part of our faith to protect all lives and to abide by regulations from those in authority, especially during a time of great uncertainty like this.
“Those protocols about avoidance of crowded places, social distancing and regular washing of hands are for our own benefits and the benefits of humankind in general.
“As Muslims, it is incumbent upon us to do our best both in action and in prayers to ensure that the world is healed of this deadly virus in the earliest possible time,” Atiku stated.