Cross River State governor, Professor Ben Ayade said his government and the people of the state have ceaselessly been praying for President Muhammadu Buhari to regain his health and return to the country.
Ayade in an Eid-el-Fitr message congratulated the President and the Muslim Ulama on the occasion.
“As we celebrate this holy month of Ramadan, which is a commemoration of God’s word in the Holy Quran to Prophet Mohammed, we in Cross River join our teeming Muslim brothers and sisters in our fervent prayers for our president’s speedy recovery and safe return to continue his diligent and focused stewardship to the country.
“We pray God imbues our dear president with the strength, wisdom and long life to accomplish his vision of making Nigeria a truly organic society,” he said.
Ayade said the 30 days of soul purification and spiritual engagement embarked on by Muslim faithful should spark a fire of tolerance, understanding and mutual respect amongst the citizenry in the country, irrespective of tribe or religion. “As we come together after 30 days of sacrifice, through fasting, to celebrate the Eid-il-fitr, let me use the occasion to call for a demonstration of love, peace, understanding and mutual respect for all that humanity represents.
“It is important for every Muslim and non-Muslim, alike, to seek the face of God in prayer, and be the promoter of peace which the society needs at this challenging times we have found ourselves as a nation.
“The moral lesson after the last 30 days is that we should emphasise issues that strengthen us as a people and eschew hate and bigotry,” the statement read.