Eidel Fitri: Nigerian Leaders Preach Peace

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As Nigerian Muslims join other Muslims across the world to celebrate the Eid-el-Fitri, which depicts the end of the Ramadan fast. Leaders in tambualanithe country have seized the opportunity to beseech all to celebrate the festival in peace.

President Goodluck Jonathan in his Sallah message to Nigerians, said he joins Muslims “and all other citizens of  our great country in believing that God Almighty will hearken to our supplications and bless Nigeria even more abundantly with peace, political stability and national prosperity”.

Reuben Abati, spokesman to The President reported in a statement saying, “As they celebrate Eid-el-Fitri and the end of Ramadan, the President urges Nigerians to continue to support the present Administration in every possible way to ensure that the country continues to make steady progress towards the successful implementation of its agenda for positive national transformation.”

In the same vein, Governors of Nigeria’s northern states have enjoined Muslims to sustain the ideals of the month of Ramadan beyond the Ramadan period.

In a statement by the Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum, Babangida Aliyu, the governors urged Muslims to remain steadfast in the worship of Allah and to follow the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad-SAW as they did during the month of Ramadan.

They asked Muslims to continue to uphold the ideals of piety, patience, tolerance, perseverance, humility and self-denial which was observed during the fasting period.

The Kaduna State Governor, Muktar Yero, called on Muslims to uphold the spirit of brotherhood of mankind as enjoined by Allah in the Quran through promoting peace, unity and progress in the entire Globe.

In a release signed by his spokesperson, Ahmed Maiyaki, Mr. Yero stated that “Islam is indeed a religion of peace and the true essence of the religion is to unite the entire mankind in love and harmony”.

“We must all continue to pray and work hard towards building a peaceful, united and prosperous Nigeria,” he said.

Dr. Kayode FayemiEkiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has equally congratulated the Muslim faithfuls in the state on the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan, celebration of Eid- El- Fitri.
The Governor in his Sallah message to the people of the state urged Muslims to continue with the spirit of love, joy and good neighbourliness that characterised the holy month of Ramadan.

The Governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olayinka Oyebode, said the spiritual renewal and rejuvenation gained by Muslims during the month of Ramadan would engender a better relationship with the Almighty Allah

In a message by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, he urged Nigerians to promote attributes that would unite the country during this period of Eid-El-Fitr celebration.

“The same way we all remembered the less fortunate and those afflicted by poverty and disease during Ramadan, I implore us to carry over those attributes to our engagements after Ramadan.

“Only by so doing can we truly say we have imbibed the teachings of the Holy month into our everyday lives,” the speaker said.

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