Eid-el-Fitri: Dogara, Mark, Ambode, Ayade Preach Love, Sacrifice and Unity
Leaders across party divides on Tuesday urged Nigerians to keep the virtues of humility, love, perseverance, sacrifice and pray that the country overcome its economic and political problems as the Muslims end the Ramadan fast and celebrate the Eid-el-Fitri.
They also urged the Muslims to allow the lessons learnt during the period of Holy Ramadan to guide their conducts.
... Dogara Congratulates Muslims, Nigerians
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated the entire Muslim Ummah across the country on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media & Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, in Abuja, the Speaker urged Muslims to use the period of Eid- el- Fitri to pray for Nigeria to overcome its present challenges.
Dogara also charged Muslims to allow the lessons of humility, sacrifice,love and selfless service garnered during the 30-day fast to guide their lives and activities.
He noted that the holy month of Ramadan afforded Muslims the opportunity to show compassion, mercy and kindness to their fellow men and also advised that they should continue to put smiles on the faces of others beyond the Ramadan period.
" May I use this opportunity to urge the faithfuls to use the occasion to reflect on the lessons of Ramadan and continue to imbibe its teachings which are primarily premised on selflessness, sacrifice, patience, modesty and spirituality", Dogara admonished.
The Speaker also called for prayers for the success of the country’s leadership under President Muhammadu Buhari for God to continue to guide, protect and give him the wisdom to steer the affairs of the state and actualise the change agenda.
Affirming the National Assembly's commitment to upholding the tenets of Democracy and championing the cause of the electorates at all times, the Speaker promised that the House will continue to initiate laws and legislative interventions to support the change agenda and improve the living conditions of Nigerians.
... Mark Greets Nigerians, Bemoans Spate of Violence and Terrorism
Immediate Past President of the Senate, Senator David Mark decried the rampant cases of violent crimes in the country just as he challenged all men of good will to rise up to the occasion to remedy the situation.
Senator Mark in a felicitation with Muslims and Nigerians alike on the Ed-el-Fitri celebration lamented the spate of crimes ranging from terrorism, kidnapping , armed robbery, vandalism and religious extremism that are fast destroying the fabrics of our society.
In a statement by his Media Assistant, Chief Paul Mumeh, the two-term President of the Senate, noted that "violent crimes are fast destroying our national landscape . The situation is alarming. This time calls for patriotism and service to rescue the situation.
"This is no longer an assignment for government alone. All hands must be on deck. It is not the case between Cain and Abel where one insist I am not my brother's keeper . In the battle to safe Nigeria, every one must be his brother's keeper," he said.
Senator Mark urged governments at all levels to promote and uphold the sanctity of equity, fairness and justices to all as the peace and unity building process between and among Nigerians.
The greatness of our nation, he stressed, lies in the collective will of the people to promote unity, peace and development and not necessarily in the number.
He therefore implored religious leaders across the divide to continue to espouse the virtues of love, purity and forgiveness which the two major religions in the country preaches.
The religious, Senator Mark added, should be the vanguards and champions of human dignity by promoting love, peaceful co-existence, truth and justices in order to turn despair to hope and sadness to joy.
Senator Mark was optimistic that Nigeria would be a better and secured place for all "if we genuinely harness our potentials to work against the ills of the society."
... Ambode Urges Nigerians to Rededicate Themselves to Peace
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, called on Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the cause of a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria where citizens regardless of ethnic, religious, political or social status can flourish.
The Governor in his Eid-el-Fitri message said it is only by embracing peace, unity and fairness that Nigerians can put the country back on the path of growth and development, urging them to embrace the tenets of love, tolerance, forgiveness and brotherhood which characterized the period of the holy month.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, the Governor said that the nation needs brotherly love and harmonious co-existence among her citizens above all other things as a means to overcome its numerous challenges.
While cautioning against acts that would divide rather than unite the country, Governor Ambode called on Nigerians to return to the values of peaceful co-existence and brotherly love.
He further said: “As we celebrate this auspicious occasion, therefore, let us renew our faith in our nation and implore the Almighty God to restore to us those values that place high premium on human life, love of neighbour and sharing even as we ventilate our faith in the unity of our dear country and the possibility of her taking her rightful place in the comity of nations”.
The Governor said, “In this all important crusade to rescue our dear country from socio-economic as well as political quagmire, let us all continue to demonstrate those sterling virtues of harmonious and peaceful co-existence as well as willingness to serve in this melting pot of cultures where the multi-ethnic and multi-religious nature of our country is turned into a source of strength”,
Governor Ambode wished all Muslim brothers and sisters in the State a happy Eid-el-Fitri celebration, just as he enjoined Nigerians in other parts of the country to continue to be their brothers’ keepers
... Ayade Urges Peaceful Co-existence
Cross River State governor, Senator Ben Ayade, urged Muslims to strive towards strengthening peaceful coexistence and good neighbourliness in the country for the betterment of the people.
In his goodwill message marking this year's Ed-el Fitri, Governor Ayade, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Chief Press Secretary, Mr Christian Ita, said: "Nigerians must imbibe the lessons of the Ed-el Fitri, which include love, kindness, piety, sacrifice, peaceful coexistence and commitment to duty."
The Governor urged Nigerians to reflect on the various challenges confronting the nation and pull together to overcome them.
"The challenges confronting us as a people require the cooperation of everyone, if we are to make any meaningful progress. This is why we must not lose sight of the virtues of tolerance and respect for one another."
He admonished Moslems to sustain the lessons of sacrifice, discipline and love learnt during the period of Ramadan beyond their communities to other parts of the country.
According to Ayade, “The Ramadan fast has afforded us the opportunity to reconnect with our creator and extend the hand of fellowship to our fellow men,” adding that “we should not allow religion or any narrow considerations to divide the country but rather, it should serve to promote the dignity of humanity and mutual respect for one another.”
> Ayade urged both adherents of Islam and Christianity to pray for sustenance of peace in the country, adding that "what we are currently going through as a nation, is a phase that will surely pass. Many developed countries have passed through this phase at one time or the other and today, they are stronger and more united. So ours will not be an exception so long as we collectively put our souls above our problems."
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