By Our Reporters
Some governors and leaders, yesterday, while celebrating Eid-el-Kabir, prayed for peace, unity and rapid recovery from the biting economic recession in the country.
Shettima prays in Konduga with returnee IDPs
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State observed his Rakaat prayers in Konduga Local Government Area of the state along side thousands of residents mostly returnee Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, who have relocated from Maiduguri camps to their communities.
Konduga is south-east and about 45 kilometres drive from Maiduguri, the state capital. The local council had witnessed series of deadly attacks by Boko Haram insurgents including slaughtering of about 60 people in a mosque on August 12, 2013.
Last week, hundreds of people displaced by the insurgents two years ago agreed to return to their communities following the liberation and restoration of peace by troops.
The Rakaat prayers were led by Goni Lawan Hassan, Imam Idaini of Konduga at 9:45 am at the prayer ground near the District Head of Konduga, Zannah Masu, amid tight security.
Speaking to journalists shortly after the prayers, Governor Shettima said he chose to perform his Eid El Kabir prayers in Konduga town to restore confidence as well as to identify with the good people of Konduga, who just returned home.
“As you are all aware, in the last two years, this town and of course most of our communities were not safe. I want to thank President Muhammadu Buhari, our gallant military troops, Civilian JTF and other security agencies for degrading remnants of insurgents from their hideouts.
“With relative peace, government has shown determination, passion and commitment in the rebuilding, rehabilitating and resettling all our communities hitherto destroyed by these miscreants.
“I urged the people of Konduga and the entire people of the state to remain prayerful and supportive to our troops and the present administration to ensure that peace, unity and progress is achieved,” he said.
At the prayers were two serving senators – Senator Kaka Bashir Garbai, Borno Central and Senator Abubakar Kyari, Borno North, District Head of Konduga, Zannah Masu and top government officials.
Amosun, Daniel felicitate with Muslims
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, shortly after observing the Eid-Kabir prayer at the Lantoro prayer ground in Abeokuta, appealed to Nigerians to continue to support the government with their prayers, stressing, “it is only when we pray for our leaders that they will experience God’s direction.”
Urging Nigerians to continue to coexist peacefully and love one another, he said: “I believe that it is only tough times that bring the best out of the people of this nation, that is why all of us are thinking out of the box, we know that money is hard to come by these days and that is why we have to work very hard.
“With where we have found ourselves, with where we are coming from, it may be appearing like things are very tough now, like we are almost getting to the corner but once we just take the bend, we are going to be on the right path and we will all get there.”
Also, former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, in his message, said Nigeria will experience rapid transformation when true federalism is allowed to thrive and the Federal Government does not casually and unilaterally foist unfounded mandates on the states.
According to him, the only way to Nigeria’s survival as a nation is for all governments in the land, irrespective of their political, ethnic or religious affiliations to initiate programmes that would contribute to the uplifting the lives of the citizenry.
The Chief Imam of Egbaland, Alhaji Liadi Orusolu also urged Nigerians to be more patient and support the government, saying: “Whether there is money or not, whether the economy is good or bad, we should be patient with our government, support them, pray for the nation and pray for our leaders to always do the right thing.”
Lalong, Northern CAN chairman task Muslims on peace
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong tasked Muslims in the state to continue to maintain a peaceful disposition and good neighbourliness so that his administration can effectively deliver the promised dividends of democracy to the citizens.
Lalong, who spoke yesterday in Jos through the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Nazif Ahmad, said: “We thank Allah for making the Muslim observe the Eid prayer peacefully. The significance of the sacrifice within the period besides the worship of Allah, is also meant to help nation building and strengthen economic development and improve relationship among people.”
Also, the Chief Imam of Jos, Sheikh Lawal Adam and the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria in the 19 Northern states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Rev. Yakubu Pam, charged Muslim leaders and faithful especially from the Northern states to exhibit love, sacrifice and be their brothers’ keeper at all times.
Sheikh Adam said: “There is absolute need for Nigerians, particularly Muslims to always remain close to Allah in what ever they are doing, have the fear of Allah and practice the true tenets of Islam. I am admonishing all to pray for peace, good development of the world and Nigeria. We must fear Allah and pray for the way out of economic recession in Nigeria.’’
The Northern CAN Chairman, in a statement issued in Jos, said Muslim leaders in the North with their Christian counterparts have one common task of using occasions such as this to preach the message of love and peace to their followers.
He called on religious extremists in the North to lay down their arms and embrace peace so that internally displaced persons in the region can return to their homes, pick up their means of livelihood and add value to themselves and the society.
His words: “Northern states are blessed with natural resources that if tapped by the people of the zone and the government would lead to development of the states of the North and other parts of the country. The under-development in the North would be a thing of the past if all hands are put on deck to build the Northern states for the overall benefit of all.”
Imbibe values of sacrifice, endurance, Ambode, Obasa urge Muslims
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa called on Muslims in Nigeria to imbibe the values of sacrifice and endurance.
The duo, who made the call in Sallah messages to Muslims faithful and Nigerians in general, cautioned them to celebrate the festival with modesty.
Governor Ambode, in his message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, stated that the period of the celebration is one that calls for every Muslim and other Nigerians to embrace the tenets of sacrifice, patience, humility and brotherly love.
Similarly, Obasa in a statement through his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Razak, charged all Nigerians, irrespective of their religious beliefs or ethnic inclinations, to work for national cohesion and love.
Obiano preaches love and harmony
Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has called on Muslims and Nigerians to imbibe the virtues of love, tolerance and harmony as advocated by the teachings of Prophet Mohammed to survive the challenges created by the recession in the nation’s economy.
In a message by James Eze, Senior Special Assistant on Media, the governor observed that the celebration of this year’s Eid-el Fitri offers Nigerians a chance to show love to one another and strengthen the bonds of nationhood.
Pray for peaceful polls, Oshiomhole appeals to Muslims
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State enjoined Muslims in the state to pray for a successful governorship election on September 28.
In his Eid-el-Kabir message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Peter Okhiria, the Governor said: “ I urge the faithful to use the opportunity to deepen their faith in Allah as we have learnt from Prophet Ibrahim that there is an abundant reward for fidelity to Allah’s injunctions.
“The nation’s economy is going through a turbulence at the moment, but with Allah on our side and with the prayer of the faithful for our nation and for our President Muhammadu Buhari,who is totally committed to making a positive difference in the nation, we will soon get out of the woods and deliver the real Change we promised the nation.
“Our dear State is on the eve of another election, an election which will determine if we want to continue on the path of growth and progress or return to the past. I urge the Ummah to use their PVC wisely and vote right. Also importantly, I plead with the faithful not to relent in their fervent prayers and spiritual intercessions for the peace and success of the gubernatorial election.’’
Ugwuanyi calls for prayers, peaceful co-existence
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State urged Nigerians, especially Muslims, to take advantage of the period of Eid-el Kabir to offer special prayers for the peace and unity of the country.
He noted that it was only through prayers and absolute faith in God that Nigeria can overcome her current socio-cultural and economic challenges.
The governor harped on the need for peaceful co-existence among Nigerians irrespective of their religious and ethnic differences, adding that the God, who brought us together as one entity, will certainly take the nation to the dreams of our founding fathers.
Sustain the lessons of love – Gov Ahmed
Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, urged Muslims to sustain the enduring lessons of Love, compassion, sacrifice and faith in Allah that Eid -el Kabir represents by making such characteristics enduring virtues in their lives.
Governor Ahmed said this in his Eid El Kabir Message to Muslim faithful issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba.
The governor also charged all Nigerians, irrespective of their religious beliefs or ethnic differences, to transform such diversities into a platform for national cohesion, understanding and development.
Gov. Bello calls for sacrifice, prayers
Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello in his Eid-el-kabir celebration message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace urged Nigerians to gird their loins and make gains from the prevailing economic recession.
“Like Prophet Ibrahim, who intended to make the sacrifice of his son (Ismail) and Allah (SWT) saw his commitment and sacrifice came to his rescue and bailed him out of the critical condition; I believe with little more sacrifice, Allah will bail Niger State and indeed Nigeria out of the present economic meltdown.”
Nigeria will be great again – Ladoja
Former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja enjoined Nigerians, particularly citizens of Oyo State not to lose faith in the country, in spite of the harsh economic realities.
The advice, contained in his Sallah message signed by his Media Aide, Mr. Lanre Latinwo,added that the people should not allow the present economic downturn make them lose sight of the benefits of this period.
Delta Speaker to Muslims: Hold on to Islamic tenets
The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Mr Monday Igbuya emphasized the need for Nigerians to live together in peace and harmony.
In a statement in Asaba by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Henry Ebireri, the speaker urged Muslims to hold on to Islamic tenets and the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah because “the teachings of Islam emphasise that we live with one another peacefully.”
“Nigerians must stop viewing themselves in divergent lines. They must stop emphasizing their differences. They must contribute towards the unity, stability and progress of the country.”