The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Thursday called on Nigerians to re-dedicate themselves to the dreams and aspirations of building a strong, united, economically sound and politically stable country.
Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, felicitated with Muslim faithful on the occasion of this year’s Eid- El-Kabir.
He urged Nigerians irrespective of religion to use the occasion to pray for the greater glory of the country.
He said that the Muslim festival which fell on Jummat day (Friday) “is unique as it carries a dual promise that all prayers offered during the Eid and Jummat have double assurance of bringing Allah’s blessing to Muslim faithful and their country.’’
“It is significant that the Eid-El-Kabir and Jummat will be celebrated in one day.
“This tells us that all prayers offered during this solemn day will no doubt command double mercies of Allah towards us all,” he said.
Saraki called on all Muslims to seek Allah’s grace for the peace, unity, security and economic development of the country.
He enjoined Nigerians to pray for the good health of President Muhammadu Buhari and God’s guidance for all persons in positions of authority.
”This is a time we must be our brothers’ keeper by sharing what we have with them.
”This is a time we must pray for our leaders, especially President Muhammadu Buhari and all those saddled with the responsibilities of leadership at all levels in our country.
”With prayers, I have no doubt that God will inspire and guide our leaders to initiate and sustain policies and programmes that will guarantee peace, security, economic growth, political stability and social cohesion in our nation, ” he said.
Saraki said that he had no doubt that this year would witness the strong rebound of the nation’s economy and the positive effects would trickle down to individual homes and help citizens to realise their goals and aspirations.
”I call on all our brothers and sisters, fellow Nigerians, to be law abiding and support the present administration in its bid to tackle the problems of insecurity, unemployment, corruption and underperforming economy.
”I wish all our Muslim brothers and sisters a peaceful, rewarding and blessed Eid-El-Kabir. May Allah accept our supplications,” he said.