At Eid-el-Fitri, leaders preach sacrifice, love, patriotism, others

Buhari

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AS Nigerians join their counterparts all over the world to celebrate Eid-El-Fitri today, its leaders have enjoined citizens to work with them in rebuilding the country.

In his Sallah message to the nation, President Muhammadu Buhari stressed the need for Muslims in particular to continue to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice, discipline and patriotism as taught in the holy month of Ramadan. He congratulated those who successfully completed the fast in keeping with the injunction of the Creator.

“Though we have come to the end of this year’s month of Ramadan, I believe that a greater acceptance by Nigerians of its key lessons of self-denial and sacrifice will serve our dear country well as we strive to overcome our present challenges, undo the damage done by years of bad governance and accelerate the pace of national development,” he said.

“Reviewing our dire circumstances and the many missed opportunities, some commentators and observers have said that this is Nigeria’s last chance to get its act together and finally begin to fulfill its God-given potential for greatness.”

Also, Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki, in a Sallah message through his Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu said: “At this point in our national life, unity among all the different ethnic and religious groups will usher in peace, and peace can only engender progress and development. We therefore need to learn to live together in peace, tolerate one another and eschew actions, which can threaten the peace of the nation.”

Also, former Senate President, David Mark, has called for prayers in the war against insurgency in the country.

Senator Mark in a message to Muslim faithful to commemorate Eid- el-Fitri called on all men of goodwill to rise to the challenge posed by the unending terrorism being orchestrated by Boko Haram insurgents
Similarly state governors across the nation have urged peaceful co-existence among Nigerians as they celebrate Eid-el-Fitri.

Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa called on Muslims across the country and Nigerians in general to use the occasion to imbibe the culture of peace, unity and love among one another.

Also, Gombe State Governor, Hassan Ibrahim Dankwambo, has urged people in the state to continue the tolerance and peaceful coexistence among even as they round off this year’s Ramadan fast while his Benue state counterpart Samuel Ortom urged Muslims to continue to sustain the peaceful coexistence with Christians and people of other faith even as they continue to abhor agents of terror.

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun on his part assured that Nigeria would overcome its current challenges and emerge a strong, united and prosperous nation.

According to the governor, in his Eid-el-Fitr message, “the attributes of self-discipline, compassion, brotherliness and patriotism exhibited during the Ramadan, if sustained, will bring within our reach the dreams of our founding fathers for a united and prosperous nation.”

Similarly, Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, felicitated with Muslims as the 2015 Ramadan fasting ends.

In a statement yesterday, the JNI thanked God for sparing their lives to observe “one of the fundamental pillars of Islam, the Ramadan fasting.”

Arewa leaders on their part, called on all Muslims to use the Sallah celebration to pray for the unity and peaceful coexistence of Nigerians in spite of the insecurity and harsh economic realities facing the nation.

A statement yesterday by the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) National Publicity Secretary, Muhammadu Ibrahim, also urged the Boko Haram terrorists to lay down their arms against innocent citizens because “Islam forbids the killing of innocent souls without any justifiable cause.”

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