Eid-el-Kabir: Saraki, Ambode, Dogara call for prayers, peaceful co-existence

Saraki and Dogara

…..Lasun calls for prayers for Nigeria Buhari

…..APC felicitates with Muslim Faithful

President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has urged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of brotherhood and peaceful coexistence in their relationship during Sallah celebration and beyond.

Saraki made the call in his Eid-el-Kabir message to Muslim faithful in the country, signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja.

He further enjoined Nigerians to increase their efforts in charitable endeavours, perseverance and spiritual intercession for the nation. The Senate President urged Nigerians to further devote their prayers at the Eid praying grounds to the call on Allah to restore peace in all parts of the country, strengthen the unity and rebuild the economy.

Saraki also congratulated Muslims on the celebration of the 2018 Eid el-Kabir festival and described the special occasion as “a period that honours the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son to show submission to Allah’s command”.

“As we have read from the Glorious Qur’an, just when Ibrahim was about to kill his son Ishmael, Almighty Allah (SWT) put a sheep in its place. Muslims use Eid el-Kabir to celebrate Prophet Ibrahim’s complete obedience to the will of Allah and as a reminder of our own willingness to make sacrifices in obedience to Allah,” he stated.

……Dogara preaches love, tolerance

 

On his part, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Yakubu Dogara, enjoined the Muslim Ummah and Nigerians in general to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice, love and tolerance for the peace, unity and  progress of the country.

 

In a goodwill message to Muslims to mark the Eid el-kabir Sallah celebration, Speaker Dogara also charged religious leaders to always preach and promote ethno-religious tolerance as well as foster peace and unity among the people ahead of the 2019 general elections for the good of the nation.

 

“While rejoicing with our Muslim brothers on this auspicious occasion of  Eid el-Kabir Sallah celebration, which symbolises sacrifice and obedience,  I wish to enjoin all people of goodwill to be steadfast in love for one another and demonstrate renewed commitment to the Nigerian project in order to make our society ideal for all and towards the fulfillment of the country’s great potentials”.

 

“I also urge our religious leaders to take advantage of the season and preach peace, unity and tolerance among the diverse people, especially now that the country is at  critical political crossroads, with the electioneering process gaining momentum as the 2019 general elections draw nearer”.

 

“On our part as lawmakers, we will continue to pursue people-oriented legislations and initiate reforms and legislative interventions that will guarantee peace and stability in the polity and the nation as a whole as well as improve the living conditions of the citizens”.

 

…..Gov. Ambode calls of show of love

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State

Also the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday called on Muslims in Nigeria to embrace the values of sacrifice, love and continue to foster unity as they join their counterparts worldwide to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival.

In his Sallah message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, Governor Ambode said the period of the celebration was a clarion call for Nigerians to imbibe the lessons of the season such as selfless service to God and humanity, sacrifice and sincere commitment to righteous conducts in their private and public life.

He explained that the significance of the season should be beyond feasting, adding that as Muslims prepare to offer animal sacrifice in the prescribed days of the festival, the real essence should be to encourage piety, self-discipline and sacrifice.

Governor Ambode therefore called on all Nigerians to exhibit these values for the good of the country and shun any act capable of heating up the polity or causing distrust among various ethnic groups in the country.

“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”, the Governor said.

“This period requires more patience, fortitude, tolerance, endurance, patriotism and a greater willingness to make personal sacrifices for the good of all,” he said.

The Governor also thanked Lagosians for supporting his administration, assuring that the Government would continue to do its best to serve the people and promote fairness and mutual tolerance among the populace, irrespective of their ethnic religion or political affiliation.

While wishing all Lagosians, especially adherents of the Islamic faith a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration, Governor Ambode enjoined Nigerians in other parts of the country to continue to be their brothers’ keeper.

 

……Deputy Speaker Yussuff  Lasun seeks prayers for Nigeria

 

Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Rep. Lasun Yussuff  appealed to Nigerians to continue to pray for Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

Rep. Yussuff Lasun

He also urged that Muslim faithful and other Nigerians in general to continue to eschew violence and criminality but learn how to live in peace and harmony together.

 

…..APC felicitates with Muslim Faithful

 

For  the All Progressives Congress (APC), it felicitated with Muslim faithful and indeed all Nigerians on the joyous celebration of Eid-El-Kabir.

 

The party in a statement by its spokesman, Yekini Nabena, urged that Muslims live in peace like the Prophet Mohammed did.

APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole

The statement read in part: “On this momentous occasion, we share below the inspiring message by Imam Abdullahi Abubakar, the 83-year old Islamic cleric who courageously saved the lives of over 300 multi-faith people in Nghar village, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State when conflict broke out there in June.

 

“The holy prophet Mohammed lived in peace and harmony with diverse groups of different faiths. In following his teaching and steps, we must all appreciate the fact that the Almighty Allah created us with our diversities. We must embrace the diversity and strive to live in peace with one another.

 

“If Almighty Allah wanted us to be the same, it would have been so, but Almighty Allah brought us together to create a harmony. We should all respect one another and be selfless advocates for peace for we are all of equal values in the eyes of the Almighty Allah.

 

“The APC enjoins Nigerians to imbibe the lessons of love, sacrifice and peaceful coexistence. It is only in an environment of peace we can achieve meaningful and true development we desire for our great country, Nigeria”.

 

We urge all Nigerians to continuously support and pray for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in its determination in to steer the country on the right path and deliver of election promises.

 

 

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