Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has congratulated the Muslim faithful across the country, on the successful completion of the month-long Ramadan. Saraki also called for sustained prayers, for peace in the country.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, to commemorate Eid-el-Fitri today, Saraki said in spite of the Federal Government’s appreciable efforts in combating insecurity, it is imperative for the Muslim faithful to utilise this period to pray fervently for peace and unity in the country.
“Eid-el-Fitr is a time of love and goodwill. It gives us a message to love all and hate none.”
His deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, enjoined Muslims to remain true to the teachings of Islam, imbibed during the fast, even after the holy month.
“I congratulate our Muslim Umah for successfully observing Ramadan and prayers, with its life-enriching lessons in the virtues of love, forbearance, unity, patriotism, self-sacrifice.
“I urge them to continue in a life of prayers for the nation.
“Being the last Ramadan before the 2019 general elections, I urge our Muslim brethren and, indeed, all Nigerians to continue to pray for the peaceful and successful conduct of the elections,” he added.
On his part, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode urged Nigerians to imbibe the tenets of tolerance and unity for one another irrespective of their ethnic and religious differences as a pathway of building a strong and united nation.
The governor, in his Eid-el-Fitri message, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said it is only by embracing peace, unity and fairness that Nigerians can begin a rebirth, urging them to imbibe the tenets of love, tolerance, forgiveness and brotherhood which the period of the holy month exemplifies.
“As we celebrate this auspicious occasion of the end of the holy month of Ramadan, therefore, 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 for our country, love for our neighbour and sharing even as we ventilate our faith in the unity of our dear country and the possibility of her taking her proper place in
Governor Ambode also thanked Lagos residents for their continued harmonious and peaceful co-existence in the midst of diverse ethnic origin and religious affiliation.
From Enugu State, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi felicitated with President Muhammadu Buhari and other Muslim faithful for the successful completion of Ramadan and emphasised the compelling need for all Nigerians to continue to live in peace and harmony as well as offer special prayers for the country.
The governor stressed that it is only when Nigerians live to cherish one another that “we can make rapid progress and strengthen the bond that brought us together as a prosperous nation, in keeping with the dreams and aspirations of our founding fathers.”
Also, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has felicitated with Muslims at Eidd-el-Fitr.
In his Sallah message, Wike urged the Muslim community to pray for the unity and peace of the nation as they celebrate.
The governor called on the Muslim faithful to use the Id-el-Fitr celebrations to re-dedicate themselves to the ideals of peace, security and friendship.
He assured that the state government and security agencies have put in place security measures to ensure a peaceful Sallah celebration.
In his own message, the former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi who rejoiced with the Moslems, congratulated them for successful fasting, through which they fulfilled one of the five pillars of Islam.
Obi reminded Muslims that a day like like this calls for sharing of love through charity and compassion.
He also said it calls for understanding and devotion to the progress and development of the country.
The former governor urged Muslims to explore the spiritual content of the Eid-el-Fitri celebration by letting its essence bring them into greater love for one another.