As Nigeria joins the rest of the world today to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, state governors from different parts of the country have sent messages to congratulate Nigerians, especially the Muslim faithful.
The governors also seize the opportunity of the celebration to fire the patriotic zeal of Nigerians towards surmounting the various problems confronting the nation.
Nigeria needs unity, religious tolerance – S’East govs
The Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum, Chief David Umahi, has conveyed the goodwill of the region’s governors to the Muslim faithful in the country as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir.
The governor, in a statement issued on his behalf on Thursday by the his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, stressed that unity and religious tolerance were needed to achieve cohesion and peace in the country.
Umahi, who is the governor of Ebonyi State, urged the Muslim faithful to preach peace, pointing out that the nation had been dangerously divided along religious, political and ethnic lines.
He said, “Various salient and incipient divisive tendencies have over the years fueled agitations in the country; we must imbibe equity and justice in every part of the country irrespective of religious, political and ethnic lines.”
He stated the readiness of the South-East governors to protect the lives and property of every Nigerian irrespective of tribes, and assured the Muslim faithful in the zone of adequate security as they marked Eid-el-Kabir.
Obaseki advocates unity, love
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has congratulated Muslims across the state as they celebrate Eid-el-Kabir, and urged them to re-dedicate themselves to the service of Allah.
The governor sent his message just as the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. Kabiru Adjoto, called on the Muslim community to translate the lessons of Eid-el-Kabir to demonstration of love, charity, piety, respect for constituted authority and upholding moral values, which represent the humane attributes of the Almighty Allah.
Obaseki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, on Thursday, also assured residents of adequate security during the celebration.
The statement quoted the governor as saying, “We have put in place measures to guarantee that everyone is secure in the state during the celebration of this very significant event.
“I urge you all to rededicate yourselves to the service of Almighty Allah and continue to manifest the essence of Eid-el-Kabir, which is obedience to God’s command and the expression of love towards all.”
Meanwhile, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 5 in Benin, Mr Abubakar Mohammed, had directed commissioners of police across Edo, Delta and Bayelsa states to adopt robust crime prevention strategies towards ensuring reduction of criminal activities throughout the last quarter of the year.
Mohammed, in a statement by the zonal spokesman, Mr Emeka Iheanacho, directed that democratic and community policing should be encouraged in their respective domains to forestall crime.
While wishing residents in the three state a hitch-free celebration, he urged them to be security conscious and report any suspicious person or movement to the nearest police station.
Akeredolu makes case for the less-privileged
As the Muslim faithful all over the world celebrate Eid el-Kabir today, the Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has urged Muslims in the state to assist the less-privileged in the state.
He told Muslims that as they dine and wine, they should not forget to extend their hands of love to the downtrodden in the society.
In a message sent through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Segun Ajiboye, on Thursday, the governor asked the Muslim community to also pray for the prosperity of the state and the country.
The governor said, “May the glorious blessings of Allah fill your homes and life with peace, good health and prosperity.”
He urged cooperation between the police and other security agencies in the state to ensure seamless sallah celebrations, and advised the residents of the state to be conscious of the security of their environment, saying security of lives and property was key to his administration.
Tambuwal preaches godliness, perseverance
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has urged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of godliness, charity, perseverance and intercession for the nation as the country celebrates Eid-el-Kabir.
In a message to commemorate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, Tambuwal urged Nigerians to always promote acts that enhanced national integration and brotherhood.
He said, “As we’ve read from the Glorious Qur’an, just when Ibrahim was about to kill his son, Ishmael, the Almighty Allah put a sheep in his place. As such, we Muslims use Eid-el-Kabir to celebrate Prophet Ibrahim’s complete obedience to the will of Allah and as a reminder of our own willingness to make sacrifices in obedience to God.”
Tambuwal assured the citizens of Sokoto of his determination to make the state a model for good governance, security of lives and property and economic prosperity.
“Our determination to make impact in critical sectors like education, health, agriculture, water supply, rural development among others remains unshaken. I assure you that this administration will continue to prioritise the welfare of the citizens. We will continue to find lasting solutions to the challenges confronting us. We will continue with practical steps to impact on the lives of our citizens. The commendations we have received from far and near will only spur us to do more,” he added.
While wishing Nigerians, especially Muslims a happy sallah, the governor appealed to them to continue praying for the total healing of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Okowa warns against hate speeches
The Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on Nigerians, irrespective of their political or religious inclinations, to shun hate speeches capable of destroying the unity of Nigeria and scaring away investors.
Okowa, who also felicitated with Muslims on the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir, enjoined the Muslim faithful to dedicate the period for solemn prayers and reflect on how all Nigerians would collectively join hands to move the country forward.
The governor in a goodwill message to Muslims through a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, said there was the need for Nigerians to live together as one and make the country great.
He said, “I call on all Muslims and indeed Nigerians to use the period to reflect on the various challenges facing the nation. It takes the concerted efforts of all to achieve meaningful development in any nation, especially in a period of economic recession.
“We must shun hate speeches because when these type of speeches are heard outside the shores of the country, it will discourage foreign direct investments and make local investors to be cautious which will further endanger our fragile economy.
“The Muslim faithful should use the opportunity of this Eid-el-Kabir to deepen their faith in Allah and renew the spirit of obeisance to the will of the Almighty in accordance with the inimitable faith of Prophet Ibrahim.”
The governor, while commending Muslims for their peaceful disposition and contributions to the development of the country, urged them to continue to pray for a united and prosperous Nigeria.
“We should never forget that even in trials and temptations, our love for our neighbour must never diminish and our obedience to the will of Allah must be unwavering.
“As we celebrate, I urge you to spare a moment for our country and pray for her to surmount her present challenges. We should unite in our collective resolve to forge ahead despite our seemingly intractable problems and we should remember that all nations of the world have their peculiar challenges”, Okowa added.
Masari undercores nation-building
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State on Thursday called on Muslims in the country to rededicate themselves spiritually, morally and physically to enable the country to surmount the many challenges threatening its corporate existence.
The governor in a sallah message signed by his Senior Special Assistant on media, Abdu Labaran, observed that special religious occasions such as the Eids and Christmas call for sober reflection and introspection by Nigerians for the progress of the country.
The message read, “It is important that we do not allow religious, ethnic or regional differences to blind us from our commonality, shared values and shared space.
“As a vehicle for the advancement of humanity, religion should accordingly be used as a unifying not dividing force for the good of all.
“Occasions like the Eid-el-Kabir call for not only celebration but also sober reflection and introspection so that we may fully appreciate where we are coming from, where we are, and where we are heading to.”
Masari lauded the patriotic zeal of Nigerians, and called for continued understanding and prayers for the health of President Muhammadu Buhari and the well-being of Nigeria.
He maintained that prayers and constructive criticism could go a long way in adding value to the development of the nation.
The governor also cautioned against actions, statements and utterances capable of jeopardising the unity of Nigeria, saying “We must avoid recklessness, and exercise restraint and caution in all we do and say, regardless of what our grudges may be since the collective well-being of Nigeria is greater than our individual or regional aspirations.”
Amosun calls for sacrifice
The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has urged the Muslim faithful to demonstrate the virtue of selfless sacrifice as they celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir festival.
In a statement issued in Abeokuta on Thursday by his Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adedayo Adeneye, the governor also called on Nigerians to pray for the nation in view of the challenges confronting it.
He also asked them to reflect on the essence of the season.
The statement read in part, “While I join my Muslim brothers and sisters to celebrate this holy day, I urge you to reflect on the essence of the festival.
“Otherwise known as the Festival of Sacrifice, the Eid-el-Kabir presents an opportunity for us to reflect on the faith, with which Ibrahim willingly agreed to sacrifice his son just in obedience to the command of Allah.
“With this, we should lay aside all forms of religious, ethnic and tribal sentiments in the interest of unity, peace, progress and prosperity of not only ourselves but also the nation.
“Therefore, I call on all of us to ensure that as we celebrate, we should seek the face of Allah to be merciful unto us and as well heal our land. We should not relent in praying for wisdom, with which our leaders will see our nation through these challenging times.”