President Goodluck Jonathan has asked Nigerians not to throw up their hands in helplessness and despair as a result of the activities of terrorists but to remain unwaveringly committed to showing solidarity with their armed forces and security agencies as they prosecute the war against terrorism.
In his Sallah message, Jonathan spoke on the commitment of his administration to ensuring that terrorism is stamped out of the country.
He expressed the hope that the lessons and blessings of fasting will permeate into all, and positively influence the attitudes of Nigerians towards their fellow countrymen and women, irrespective of religion or places of origin; and promote greater commitment to the peace, unity and stability of the nation.
The lesson of fasting – Fayemi
In his own message, Ekiti State Governor Fayemi felicitated with Muslim faithful on the occasion of the Eid-el-Fitri.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olayinka Oyebode, expressed joy on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast. He explained that witnessing another Eid-el-Fitri is a special privilege from Allah who has control over the destiny of man.
Fayemi said the 30-day spiritual exercise has drawn the faithful closer to Allah, urging them to keep on practising the lessons learnt from the holy month in their relationship with their Maker and fellow human beings.
The governor, who urged citizens to be vigilant and remain security conscious even as they celebrate, said the recent spate of bomb attacks and general insecurity in the country has made it imperative for Muslims and adherents of other religious to seek the face of God in prayer for divine intervention in the affairs of the country.
We need prayers – Atiku
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, in his message, stressed the need for fervent prayers if the present security challenge in the country could be nipped in the bud.
Atiku pleaded with Muslims to pray for the end of the spectre of insecurity currently haunting the country.
The former Vice President, who regretted that terrorists have shed so much blood in the name of religion, however, urged, Muslims to pray to God to defeat and destroy the evil doers masquerading behind the name of religion.
No blame trading – Mark
SENATE President, Senator David Mark, also in his message, called on Nigerians to unite in the fight against terrorism in the collective interest of the country.
The Senate President noted that the prevailing situation in the country did not warrant accusing figures at a person or group rather collective efforts.
“The prevailing situation does not call for blame game but a collective action of all citizens against the terrorists. We should have confidence on our security operatives and encourage them to do more”, he said.
”The unfolding scenario clearly indicates that the terrorists have declared open war on every body and there seems to be no safe heaven any more. This is a challenge we must unite to tackle.
”One way out of this quagmire is to have a common approach against terrorists irrespective of political , ethnic or religious affiliation. What is paramount now is our collective survival as a people and nation. This is our fatherland. We have a collective responsibility to protect our common destiny”.