Eid-el-Fitri: Buhari, Saraki, Tinubu, others call for self- denial
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said if the
country must quickly recover from its numerous problems
and start moving in a positive direction, Nigerians must be
ready to display higher level of self-denial, sacrifice and
Buhari said this in his Eid-el-Fitri message to Nigerians, a
copy of which was made available to our correspondent.
He said a greater acceptance by Nigerians of Ramadanâ€™s
key lessons of self-denial and sacrifice would serve the
country well. He said his administration was striving to
overcome present challenges, undo the damage done by
years of bad governance and accelerate the pace of
The President said, â€œReviewing our dire circumstances and
the many missed opportunities of the past, some
commentators and observers have said that this is
Nigeriaâ€™s last chance to get its act together and finally
begin to fulfil its God-given potential of greatness.
In his message, former Lagos State governor and National
Leader of the All Progressives Congress, in his message,
called on all Nigerians to be prepared to contribute to the
realisation of the kind of change they want to happen.
â€œThe change we desire, as promised by the APC, requires
our collective effort to make it a reality. We must
individually and collectively make sacrifices where
necessary to help the APC leadership move Nigeria on the
right path of development and growth,â€ he said.
Tinubu called on all Muslim faithful, who recently
completed the 30-day fast, not to depart from the attitude
of prayer, supplication and sacrifice for the country. While
praising them for the discipline and purity of the last 30
days, Tinubu said he believed Allah has recognized their
devotion and â€œwill bless Nigeria and bring solutions to our
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday asked
Nigerians to offer special prayers for Nigerians living in the
north-eastern part of the country who were being assailed
by insurgents, known as Boko Haram.
The senate president also urged all Nigerians to continue to
pray for the military which are engaged in the war against
insurgents so that by the period of the next Ramadan, peace
would have been totally restored to the whole of the North-
East and other parts of Nigeria.
The Deputy Senate Leader, Ike Ekweremadu, in his
statement, urged the Muslims to carry the lessons and
virtues of love, tolerance and perseverance imbibed during
the holy month of Ramadan into every aspect of their daily
lives in order to move the nation forward.
He said, â€œWe are blessed with religious and cultural
orientations that teach us to place general good above
personal interest; show love and kindness to all; live holy
and to be our brotherâ€™s keeper.â€
In his greetings, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar
urged Muslims in the country to embrace the virtues of
forgiveness and common understanding as they join
counterparts across the world to celebrate the end of the
Ramadan fasting season.
Atiku said that one of the basic components of Ramadan
fasting is to seek the mercy of God in seeking forgiveness
for our sins.
He said, â€œIt thus becomes imperative for us as humans to
extend the grace of forgiveness and common understanding
to other human beings as well.â€
The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed; the
Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad,
and the Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Mr. Yomi Awoniyi,
urged Nigerians, irrespective of their religious beliefs to
imbibe the lessons of Ramadan.
They urged them to imbibe especially the virtues of
peaceful co-existence, good neighbourliness,, patriotism
and respect for the sanctity of human life.
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, enjoined Muslims and
indeed all Nigerians not to forget the gains and lessons of
the Ramadan with the winding down of fasting and the
celebration of the Eid-el-Fitri.
The governor, in his Sallah message in Ado-Ekiti on
Thursday, said it would amount to a mere waste of time,
resources and energy, if after engaging in a month-long
fasting, people went back to old bad habits.
According to him, Ramadan teaches self-discipline,
restraint, kindness, empathising with others, among several
lessons which should form the way of life of any godly
â€œIt will amount to punishing oneself, if after abstaining from
vices all this while, we fail to make use of the great lessons
the month of Ramadan teaches us. There is no better time
to allow all the great lessons of Ramadan to rule our daily
conduct than now, given the challenges facing our great
nation,â€ he said.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has felicitated with
the Muslim community in the state on the occasion of this
yearâ€™s Eid-el-fitri celebration.
The governor, in a message sign by his Media and ICT
Adviser, Tahav Agerzua, enjoined them to continue to pray
for peace and stability for the country.
He particularly rejoiced over the peaceful co-existence
between adherents of the various faiths in the state
especially this yearâ€™s joint breaking of fast between
Christians and Muslims.
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, said
Nigeria will overcome its current challenges and emerge a
strong, united and prosperous nation.
In his Eid-el-Fitr message, signed by the Secretary to the
State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, the governor urged
Nigerians to continue to be disciplined, patriotic and be
compassionate toward one another.
The statement read in part, â€œThe attributes of self-discipline,
compassion, brotherliness and patriotism exhibited during
the holy month of Ramadan, if sustained, will bring within
our reach and attainment, the dreams of our founding
fathers for a united and prosperous nation.â€
Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo,
admonished citizens of the state to continue to exhibit the
habits of tolerance and peaceful coexistence even after the
Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
In a Sallah goodwill message, Dankwambo urged Muslims
and followers of other religions to continue to pray for
peace, which he described as the catalyst for socio-
economic development of the state and country.
He said, â€œIslam means peace and preaches tolerance and
mutual respect amongst members of every community. I
enjoin us to live in peace with one another irrespective of
religious or ethnic differences.â€
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