By Kola Animasaun
The pilgrimage came up in the Holy Land of Mecca last Monday and its rites carry on, on Tuesday, it continued on Wednesday and Thursday. From then, the pilgrims have set to return to Nigeria.
There were supplications: first for the good of this world and the good of the hereafter. Avoe all: for safety from the hellfire.
Of course, there was tawaf (circumambulation of the sacred mosque) and the running of the sa’y _ to enact the station of Hajar and her son, Ismael. It was both tribulation and triumph. It culminated in the provision of Zamzam (water). There was a lot of prayers.
The Sultan of Sokoto and Amirul Hajj, Alhaji Muhammed Abubakar Sa’d III, in his own message to the Muslim Ummah, said: “Politicians should avoid all acts that are capable of causing the breach of the peace, thereby leading to violence.”
The President, Goodluck Jonathan, urged Nigerians to use the occasion of the Muslim Eid to make more sacrifices that would take Nigeria to greater heights.
The Sultan of Sokoto also urged politicians in the country to shun provocative statements as they embark on campaigns for 2011 elections.
The President also remarked that the problem of the country is not that of the government alone but of all Nigerians; and he charged the people to follow the steps of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) by making personal sacrifices for the good of the country.
He urged Nigerians irrespective of ethnic and religious differences to join hands with the government in the effort of making the country a great one.
President Jonathan said, as a nation, the people could work together in unity and harmony. It will surely get to the zenith where we so much desire.
It is time Nigerians began to consider themselves as one, as exemplified by the millions of Muslim faithful of different tongues and races who converged at Mecca to perform this year’s Hajj in fulfillment of a key injunction of their faith.
There are other Muslims like Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN; ex-Lagos State Governor Ahmed Bola Tinubu and clerics who upbraided all to be of good conduct.
There are other Nigerian Christians like Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State; Rotimi Amaechi, Governor of Rivers; Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State and Ogbonnaya Onu, National Chairman of the All Nigerian People’s Party, ANPP. Others are prelates of Methodist Church of Nigeria and Alhaji Iliasu Yushau, a Muslim leader from Anambra, who made their contributions.
All these are well said except that Nigerians talk better than they act. Nigerian Muslims are in a better situation to refine the country. In terms of population, it is said that Nigerian Muslims are more than others. Of course, others should join hands to improve the country.
To Funmi Jolaosho-Komolafe and her husband, Kayode Komolafe, it is thousands of cheers to a new born baby.
See how to treat the champions
Somewhere, those who do well get not only congratulations; they get the money to go with it.
But in Nigeria, you do not get satisfaction from doing what you do but you also get discouragement in what you do.
The Falcons became African champions but see what they get: they were moved in trucks from the arrival point of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport to the Local Airport where they were meant to board a plane to Abuja.
What would it have caused them to be moved in luxury buses?