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April 10, 2024

Eid-el-Fitr: Tinubu, Atiku, Obi, govs, CAN, others felicitate Muslims

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*Urge sustenance of Ramadan lessons

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Kingsley Omonobi, John Alechenu, Vincent Ujumadu, Luminous Jannamike, James Ogunnaike, Haruna Aliyu and Shina Abubakar

President Bola Tinubu; former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; Presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, in the 2023 general election, Mr. Peter Obi; some state governors, House of Representatives members; Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN; corporate organisations and some prominent individuals have felicitated Muslim Ummah across the country on this year’s Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

In their separate messages, they urged Muslims to sustain the lessons of Ramadan and continue to pray for the peace and unity of the country.

Your supplications, sacrifices’ll receive fitting rewards from Allah —Tinubu

In his Sallah message, President Tinubu congratulated Muslims across the country and prayed that their supplications and sacrifices this season and even after will receive the fitting rewards from Almighty Allah

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, said: “The President greeted the Muslim faithful in Nigeria and all around the world, praying that their supplications and sacrifices this season and even after will receive the fitting rewards from Almighty Allah.

“As he emphasized during an iftar with Nigeria’s leaders of thought and conscience, President Tinubu appeals to all citizens to come together and rededicate themselves to the noble duty of building the nation, stating: We are the sculptor, and Nigeria is the clay; we build it the way we desire. The President prays that the lessons, blessings, and the joys of this season abide with us always.”

Atiku preaches compassion for people

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, in his congratulatory message to Muslims, stated that the completion of Ramadan should cause a reflection on those in positions of authority to show more compassion to the people.

Atiku in a statement by his Media Office, in Abuja, yesterday said: “For many Nigerians who observed the mandatory Ramadan fasting this year, the reality of the harsh economic environment in the country put many families and individuals under intense pressure.

“But in the face of this daunting challenge, many people pulled through out of seeking piety. The completion of Ramadan should cause a reflection on those in positions of authority to show more compassion to the people.”

Seek Allah’s intervention on needless bloodletting, Obi tells Muslims

The Presidential candidate of Labour Party in the 2023 general election, Mr Peter Obi, yesterday enjoined Muslims to seek Allah’s intervention in Nigeria’s worsening security situation.

Obi noted that it is discomforting the amount of blood being shed in the country daily and asked that the situation be taken to Allah for his prompt intervention.

“An intense prayer for our dear country has become very necessary more than ever before as our nationhood is in dire need of divine intervention to survive,” he said.

Mbah urges love, tolerance, unity

Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State, yesterday congratulated the Muslim Ummah in the state and the nation on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast, urging them to continue to exhibit the lessons of Ramadan, including the virtues of love, tolerance, and perseverance to move the state and Nigeria forward.

Abiodun harps on peace, love, understanding

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, yesterday admonished Nigerians to have hope for a better Nigeria with prayers from both Christians and Muslims.

The governor also commended the peaceful co-existence among the various religious bodies in the state, which has paved the way for seamless governance in the Gateway State.

“Let us take a moment to reflect on the lessons learned throughout the holy month of Ramadan and allow the spirit of Eid to guide our actions towards compassion, kindness, and understanding,” he said.

Makinde felicitates Muslim faithful

Similarly, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, yesterday, felicitated the Muslim Ummah in the state on the completion of the holy month of Ramadan and the Eid-el-Fitri celebration.

The governor, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Sulaimon Olanrewaju, said: “I congratulate the Muslim Ummah in Oyo State on witnessing the first day of the Shawwal and the successful completion of the Ramadan fasting.”

Idris urges peace, unity

Governor Idris Gwandu of Kebbi State in his Sallah message yesterday stressed the need for people in the state and the entire Nigeria to engage in acts that will straighten peace and unity in the country.

Idris said peace remained the most veritable foundation for socio-economic development in the nation, saying that without it, such development will elude the citizens and called on the people to sustain fervent prayers for the prevalence of security, tranquillity and prosperity in the state and nationwide.

Diri greets Muslims

Similarly, Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State, has felicitated with Muslim faithful in the state and across Nigeria, stating that as one of the key pillars of Islam, Ramadan is important for developing the virtues of self-renunciation in every true Muslim.

The governor urged Muslims to pray for the peace, progress and prosperity of Bayelsa State and Nigeria noting that his administration will continue to ensure peaceful co-existence in the state as it promotes the virtues of love, religious tolerance and harmony.

Sustain lessons of Ramadan, Fintiri tells Muslims

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State has admonished Muslim faithful to sustain the lessons of sacrifice, discipline and love learnt during the period of Ramadan beyond this period.

While congratulating the Muslim Ummah for completing one of the Five Pillars of Islam, he said: “Remember that moderation is important in everything you do during this period. Let us remember we are one people and continue to encourage one another to contribute to peace and unity amongst us. This will ultimately ensure our country remains the great nation that we are all proud of,”

Keep praying for leaders, Adeleke tells Muslims

Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State also urged Muslims not to stop praying for his administration while calling for unity and peaceful coexistence among all residents of the state.

In a statement by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, the governor said: “I urge you all to keep praying for us, pray for our administration, prayers are never too much and the Yoruba people will always say what is already good needs prayer and the one that is yet to be, also needs prayer. Let us also make sure that now and beyond, we live in unity because united we stand and divided we fall.”

Obaseki harps on sacrifice, love

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State in his Sallah message urged Muslim faithful not to relent but intensify prayers for the nation to overcome its current challenges.

Obaseki said,”As you celebrate this joyous occasion, I urge you to sustain the lessons of sacrifice and love learnt during the Ramadan fast. We are in very difficult times, and it would take a great deal of selflessness and love to be our brothers’ keeper. So, I urge you to go the extra mile in extending a hand of support to friends, relatives and acquaintances as we press on.”

Strengthen spirit of generosity, Reps tell Muslims

The House of Representatives also felicitated with Muslims and urged that the spirit of generosity imbibed during Ramadan should be strengthened.

In his goodwill message, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Abbas Tajudeen, urged continuous prayers for Nigeria even after Ramadan, noting that a peaceful and prosperous nation equally needs prayers to sustain its blessings.

CAN tasks leaders on moral rectitude

In a show of interfaith solidarity, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, also extended heartfelt felicitations to Muslims, emphasizing the shared values of compassion and generosity that are highlighted during the festive season.
CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, in an Eid-el-Fitri message, said: “As the Muslim community marks the end of Ramadan, a period of fasting, reflection, and spiritual renewal, we join in recognizing the significance of this day and express our solidarity.”

Glo preaches peaceful co-existence

Foremost digital services company, Globacom, yesterday also felicitated with Nigerian Muslims on the celebration of Eid-El-Fitri and call for peaceful co-existence with neighbors.

In a statement it released in Lagos, Globacom said: “We rejoice with the Muslim faithful in Nigeria on the successful completion of Ramadan. As they celebrate Eid-el-Fitr festival, we call on them to continue to live up to the tenets of their faith through acts of charity, peaceful co-existence with their neighbours and obedience to the injunctions of the Holy Quran”, Globacom said.