BY: SAYO AKINTOLA
Former vice president Atiku Abubakar, Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson and the governor of Nasarawa state, Umaru Tanko Al’Makura have appealed to Nigeria to regard this year celebration of Eid-el-Kabir as a moment for sober reflection and a call to action on every one to work together for peace and stability of Nigeria.
The governor of Bayelsa in a message called on Muslim faithful in the Country not to waiver in their belief for the Nigerian project by using the period of Eid el Kabir to pray for the unity, peace and stability of the Nation.
He has also urged them to pray to ALLAH to always direct the leadership of the country a right and those charged with the responsibility of conducting the 2015 elections to conduct a process that will be acceptable to all stakeholders as well as strengthen the unity of the country.
Dickson, who gave this advice in his Sallah message to the Muslims, stated that, the nation needs the collective prayers and unity of purpose to not only forge ahead, but continue to occupy the enviable position of the giant of Africa in all its ramifications.
The Bayelsa State chief executive also called for collaborative efforts in the ongoing fight against terrorism, describing the security situation in some parts of the Country as unacceptable and contrary to the dreams and aspirations of the Nation’s founding fathers.
Describing Islam as a religion of peace, he enjoined the practitioners to follow the teachings of Prophet Mohammed, (SAW) that centers on tolerance, peace and brotherliness.
The governor of Nasarawa State, Umoru Tanko Al’Makura in his message asked the Muslims in the state to use the occasion of this year’s Eid’El Kabir celebration to imbibe the virtue of love, forgiveness, perseverance, sacrifice and charity in their desire to be good citizens of Nigeria.
Al’Mkura in his Sallah message said the people of Nasarawa should also imbibe the spirit of harmonious co-existence being part of what the Nigerian society requires to overcome the plethora of challenges facing us today.
He said, “As we celebrate this Sallah, I urge all Muslims and, indeed, the good people of Nasarawa State to remember the less-privileged at all times and remain steadfast in prayer for peace, harmony and love among our diverse communities.
“As I have always said, peace is the fulcrum of human development. It is for this reason that we should use this auspicious occasion to ask for divine intervention in the quest for sustainable peace and development in our country and State.
“I also appeal to all residents of Nasarawa State to continue to be law-abiding and industrious as we march steadily towards the Promised Land.
In the same vein, former Vice President and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, in a goodwill message on the occasion of the Eid-el-kabir said the significance of the festival is a celebration of trust between man and God, rooted in the fulfillment of promises.
The statement issued by his media office in Abuja on Friday, a copy of which was forwarded to The Street Journal, quoted Atiku Abubakar as saying that trust is the foundation of the relationship between man and God and the two principal religions in Nigeria – Islam and Christianity – place premium on the need for people to fulfill the terms of agreements.
“I rejoice with fellow Muslims across the country to celebrate the Eid-el-kabir festival. The significance of the celebration today is not in the blood or the flesh of the rams that are slaughtered,” the APC chieftain said adding “the message is for people to be honour bound to respect the terms of the promises made to other entities.”
“As a society, we must place a premium on trust. Our greatness as a country is attainable only when government honours the promises it makes to the people. A leader who has a track record of reneging on every promise he makes cannot drive the process of change we desperately yearn for.