By Anayo Okoli and Francis Igata
ENUGU—Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and his Abia State counterpart, Okezie Ikpeazu, have congratulated the Muslim community in the states and urged them to use the Id -El- Kabir period to pray for the nation.
Ugwuanyi in a message to Muslims as they mark the festival, stated that all Nigerians, not just the Muslim faithful need to renew their spirit of sacrifice and patriotism to subdue various negative tendencies currently drawing back the nation’s growth.
According to a release by the office of the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Uwakwe Abugu, the governor called on the Muslims to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice as shown by Ibrahim in his willingness to sacrifice his son in line with divine injunction, adding that if such a spirit would pervade the activities of all religious adherents in the country, the nation would be the better for it.
Governor Ikpeazu in his good will message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Godwin Adindu, enjoined Muslims to use the occasion to preach and promote peace and harmony in the state and in the country at large.
Imo State governor and the Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha in his message urged Muslims in the country, especially those in Imo State to continue to be good ambassadors of Allah in their endeavours.
Governor Okorocha commended the Muslims for their contribution, especially through prayers to the oneness of the nation and urged them to continue to pray and promote all those things that would strengthen the unity of the country and shun those things that would threaten Nigeria’s existence as a nation.
The former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi in his message made available by his Special Assistant on Media, Valentine Obienyem reminded Nigerians of the spiritual significant of the feast for the entire human society.
Part of his message read: “The successful conclusion of the annual Hajj, upon which the Sallah festivity rests, is an apt reminder that human society must be imbued with those values that reflect the brilliance of God.”
Further, he said: “As the Sallah celebration underscores love, friendship, brotherliness, charity and generosity, among other values, we are reminded of the virtues of harmonious co-existence in a diverse society like ours. Greatness will come to nations that consciously plan and work for it through consensus and confidence-building measures.”
Speaking on the demands of Sallah, Obi said that Nigerians should at all times remember that hard work and discipline were essential to safeguarding the future, urging them to reflect always on the goodness of Allah.
In his own message, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in the April general election in Abia state, Dr. Alex Otti, urged Muslim faithful to pray for the continued unity and progress of Nigeria.