A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and former member of the Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee, Barr. Kabiru Usman has urged Muslim faithfuls and Nigerians to continue to keep faith with God as they celebrate the Eid-el-kabir.
In a statement in Abuja, Barr. Usman said while wishing the entire Muslim umma a happy Eid el-kabir celebration, urged them to imbibe the lessons and spirit of the occasion.
He urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the economic, political and social progress of the country.
He said: “The Muslim umma and Nigerians in general must not despair. With fervent prayers, God will surely intervene in the affairs of our great country,” adding that “Muslim faithfuls must use the occasion as an opportunity to touch the lives of one another particularly at this era of unrealisable change and self-imposed recession pervading the nooks and crannies of the country.
“Muslims must live an exemplary life as demonstrated by Prophet Ibrahim in his desire to sacrifice his only son before the intervention of Almighty Allah. That action of the revered prophet of God is a beacon of sacrifice, utter humility and candour. Therefore, we must emulate such gesture in our dealings with our fellow Nigerians.”
The message added: “Nigerians must pray against the forces capable of triggering disintegration. I must however, commend Nigerians for perseverance in the face of biting economic downturn and exorbitant cost of goods and services, since the new administration came on board last year.
“Nigerians must remain steadfast and be frugal in their quest for a virile democratic environment in the face of deciets from self seeking politicians who have no single interest of the masses at heart, particularly the current leadership.”
Meanwhile, Usman, who vied for the position of the PDP National Publicity Secretary in the botched Rivers Convention on August 17, 2016, challenged the present administration and leaders at state level to “rejig the entire economy of our country. I implore the states to pay salaries of civil servants and pensioners as that remains their rights.
“Leaders at both the Federal and state levels must be reminded that there is so much suffering in the land. There is need need to create palliative measures to cushion the effects of harsh economic policies introduced by the present administration, because the situation is becoming unbearable.”
Usman also urged Muslim faithfuls to seize the Eid-el-kabir as an opportunity to pray for Nigeria against internal and external insurgents, as well as to pray for fellow Christians to ensure continuous peaceful and harmnious co-existence.