Okowa, Dickson urge tolerance, peace, co-existence
Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has advised Muslims to extend the spiritual benefits of Ramadan, which are love, peace and justice, to their daily living and through this, contribute to the development of the nation.
In a statement yesterday in Asaba by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, Okowa, who congratulated Muslims for the successful completion of the purifying Ramadan fast, said: “I felicitate with all Nigerians, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters on the auspicious occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitri celebration.
“As we celebrate, it is my hope and prayer that Ramadan’s spiritual lessons and the Holy Prophet’s teachings of piety, love, justice, fairness, equity, peaceful co-existence with others, tolerance, honesty and dedication to duty will remain with us all for the benefit and greater glory of our dear nation.”
The governor, who called on Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general to use the occasion of the celebration for sober reflection and pray for peace, unity and progress of the nation, said that it was important to remind Nigerians of the importance of respecting the faiths and beliefs of all.
Also, Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, has joined in felicitating with Muslims across the country, especially in the state, on the celebration of Eid-el-Fitri.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson in Yenagoa at the weekend, the governor called for more tolerance, unity and peaceful co-existence as they celebrate, emphasising that no meaningful development can take place without those things.
He urged all Muslim faithful to love their brothers and sisters in other religions and see themselves as one at all times.Dickson, who said there is much to achieve in the country by working together as one, stated that his administration would continue to protect the lives and business interests of all law-abiding residents in Bayelsa State, including Muslims and wish them a happy celebration.
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