The President also expressed gratitude to Nigerians for praying for his recovery prior to his return from the UK.
In a statement issued by Presidential Special Adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari, however, appealed to Nigerians to strengthen the bonds of friendship and unity to keep the country together
Buhari added that his administration will continue work relentlessly to ensure that Nigeria becomes the dream country of every citizen.
“Fellow Compatriots, I felicitate with you all, particularly the Muslim faithful, on the celebration of this year’s Eid-El-Kabir.
“I congratulate our Muslim brothers and sisters who are currently in Saudi Arabia to participate in the rites of the Hajj.
“From the outset, I want to use this opportunity to thank all Nigerians who prayed for my recovery and have continued to extend their goodwill and support after my return to the country.”
Furthermore, he reassured Nigerians of his commitment to fulfilling his administrations promises and urged Nigerians to put aside all prejudices in order to sustain national unity.
“Indeed your fervent and sincere prayers, which cut across religion, political and ethnic divides, has energised me to re-dedicate myself and this administration to the task of building a great Nigeria.
“On the joyous occasion of this year’s Eid-El-Kabir celebration, I appeal to all Nigerians to rise against the odds, keep our prejudices aside and strengthen the bonds of friendship and unity to keep our country together.
“For Muslims all over the world, this celebration is to commemorate the trials and triumph of Prophet (Abraham) Ibrahim.
“As we celebrate, I sincerely believe that our nation can make rapid progress on all fronts if we re-enact the exemplary virtues, typified by Prophet (Abraham) Ibrahim, through his sacrifice, patience, steadfastness, generosity and obedience to Allah’s command and constituted authority.
“We must learn to see ourselves as brothers and sisters from the same heritage, who must come to terms with the African proverb that ‘‘a family tie is like a tree, it can bend but it cannot break.
“Once again, I assure you that this administration, which has made the security, economic well-being and prosperity of all Nigerians its priority, will not rest on its oars until we see the Nigeria of our dream.
“I wish everyone happy Sallah celebrations,” the statement read.
In the same vein, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has congratulated Nigerian Muslims as they join their counterparts worldwide to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival, urging them to imbibe the values of sacrifice, love and continue to foster unity.
Ambode, in his Sallah message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said the period of the celebration was a clarion call for Nigerians to imbibe the lessons of the season such as selfless service to God and humanity, sacrifice and sincere commitment to righteous conducts in their private and public life.
He explained that the significance of the season should be beyond the festivities, adding that as Muslims prepare to offer animal sacrifice in the prescribed days of the festival, the real essence was not in the meat or the blood of the animal but to encourage piety, self-discipline and sacrifice.
Governor Ambode therefore called on all Nigerians to exhibit these values for the good of the country and shun any act capable of heating up the polity or causing distrust among various ethnic groups in the country.
“As we celebrate this auspicious occasion, 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”.
“This period requires more patience, fortitude, tolerance, endurance, patriotism and a greater willingness to make personal sacrifices for the good of all,” he said.
The Governor also thanked Lagosians for supporting his administration, assuring that the Government would continue to do its best to serve the people and promote fairness and mutual tolerance among the populace, irrespective of backgrounds.
While wishing all Lagosians, especially adherents of the Islamic faith a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration, Governor Ambode enjoined Nigerians in other parts of the country to continue to be their brothers’ keeper.
Similarly, the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has called on Muslim faithful in the state and Nigerian in general to use the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the state and country.
Aregbesola also called on Nigerians of all faiths to join hands with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in its determination to build a peaceful and harmonious country.
The Governor in his Sallah message by his Media Adviser, Mr. Sola Fasure, tasked adherents of Islam to imbibe the lessons of commitment, dedication and obedience to higher authority as was demonstrated by Prophet Ibraheem’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to the will of God which the Eid-El-Kabir commemorates.
He pledged his administration’s commitment to the welfare of the people of the state in the remaining period of his tenure, adding also that President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government will continue to do all it can to improve the living conditions of Nigerians.
He said political leaders and followers, religious leaders and their adherents; all must come together and forge a harmonious relationship for the love of their country, saying according to Prophet Muhammad (SAW), the love of one’s country is a very essential part of faith.
Quoting from the Holy Quran Q41 v 46 which says: ‘Whoever works righteousness benefits his own soul; whoever works evil, it is against his soul: nor is thy Lord ever unjust to His servants,’ Aregbesola said the pursuit of truth and justice at all times should be the watchword of those who hold the affairs of the nation in their hands.
He added that oppression, inequality, wrong-doing, defying right and justice, transgressing the boundary of God on earth are the bases of problems confronting the country, urging Nigerians, in the spirit of the festival, to rededicate themselves to the cause of serving their creator, country and humanity as a whole.
The statement said inter alia: “We should use the occasion to offer prayers to God for peaceful co-existence among different ethno-religious groups in the country.
“The celebration of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir must draw us closer to God than ever before as well as strife to avoid negative tendencies which could further compound our fragile socio-political and economic conditions to the limit.
“We should stop the prevalence of hate speeches in the country and divisive acts and utterances that are threat to the corporate existence of the country.
“As Muslims, we are not to judge our fellow man. We should leave judgment to God who created us all. Why must people kill in the name of God? Why must people act God? Why must they preempt what their creator will do?
“Muslims must be tolerant, trustworthy, dependable and peace-loving wherever he lives. He must be a beacon of peace and sterling example of humankind worthy of emulation.
“People must put an end to violence, killing and mindless bloodletting all in the name of religions, and embrace peace and coexist peaceably amongst themselves wherever they reside, Aregbesola said.
He stressed that government at all tiers would continue to foster peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and stability in its march toward actualising the full potential of Nigeria.
He assured Nigerians of safety in all parts of the country, emphasising that security agencies had been directed to maintain peace and protect lives and property during and after the celebration.
The Governor wished all Nigerians a most rewarding and Happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Let’s defend religion hijacked by violent extremists, Atiku charges Muslims
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has advised Muslims to reclaim the religion which is being hijacked by violent extremists whose atrocities portray Islam in bad light.
The chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in his Sallah message to Muslims on the occasion of the Eid el Kabir celebration, while wishing his fellow Muslims a happy and hitch free celebration, said protecting the image of Islam is the greatest challenge facing the Muslim faithful today in the light of the activities of extremists who are bent on destroying every humane virtue of the religion.
He voiced sadness that the activities of the violent extremists have economically destroyed the North in particular, the Northeast and disrupted its social life.
“As a citizen of the Northeast, I have a firsthand experience of the impact of terrorism on our people’s daily lives,” he said.
The Waziri Adamawa called for rigorous scrutiny and vigilance to guard against the influence of extremism, including exposing innocent students and followers to their virulent ideas.
He also advised parents to be wary of letting their children follow any preacher and thereby, falling victims of indoctrination, warning that poisonous ideas are as destructive as a bomb.
He also called on Muslims to show increased commitment to peaceful coexistence and tolerance in line with the demands of the Muslim faith and Nigeria’s complex diversity.
According to him, love and peace should not only be preached, but must also be put into practice for the sake of sustaining the peace in our land.
The former Vice President advised Nigerians to eschew religious bigotry, and condemned politicians who use ethnic and religious sentiments to gain power.
According to him, identity politics founded on religious loyalties rather than competence and commitment to unity is a threat to our democracy and progress.
Pray and work for peace of the country, Fayemi tells Muslims
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has felicitated with Muslims on the occasion of the Eid- el- Kabir, urging them to continue to uphold the lessons of love, loyalty and sacrifice which are the hallmark of the festival.
Dr Fayemi, in a goodwill message signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Olayinka Oyebode, said the Eid el-Kabir festival also offers another opportunity for sober reflection, soul searching and spiritual renewal which Allah demands from the faithful.
He advised that the lessons of sacrifice and loyalty, which Eid-el-Kabir teaches should not be lost to the pomp and ceremony that accompany the festival.
The Minister urged Nigerians to continue to pray and work for peace and unity in the country. He advised the Muslim faithful and adherents of other faiths to always demonstrate love and understanding towards one another in the quest for a greater and more prosperous Nigeria.
“We can collectively confront our challenges as a nation and build a truly peaceful and prosperous Nigeria by acknowledging the supremacy of God, demonstrating genuine love and respect for one another and commitment to peaceful living”, Fayemi added.
Three-time member of the House of Representatives, Abiodun Akinlade, has felicitated with Nigerians, especially Muslims in Ogun State, on the celebration of this year’s festive period of Eid-el-Kabir.
Akinlade, who is the Baba Adinni of Yewa, urged Muslim faithful to see the significance of the season as an act of devotion meant to inculcate the Islamic virtues of obedience, peace, devotion, and faith in the will of Allah.
While praying for a hitch-free Sallah celebration, Akinlade, who is a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State, canvassed for genuine love, respect for one another, generosity and kindness in the Gateway state and the society.
The former representative of Yewa South/Ipokia federal constituency also lauded the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, for uplifting the standard of governance in the state, enjoining Muslims and Christians to continue their support for the government.
“I congratulate Muslims for witnessing and participating in this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival, I urge them to allow lessons of the season to continue to rule over their affairs long after the celebrations.”
Yobe donates food, clothes to IDPs
Yobe State government has donated food and clothings to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), host communities and other vulnerable people preparatory to Sallah celebration across the 17 local government areas of the state.
The items donated for onward distribution include 16,400 (50kg) bags of rice; 7,850 jerrycans of vegetable oil; 7,200 cartons of spaghetti and used cloths.
The State Deputy Governor, Abubakar Ali, who is also chairman committee on resettlement, rehabilitation and reconstruction, said while distributing the relief materials that the gesture was meant to provide food security and other social needs of the IDPs during the Sallah celebration.
Sokoto state police command says adequate security arrangements are in place to ensure peaceful Eid celebrations.
Police Public Relations Officer Sokoto command, Ibrahim Abaras, said, “Our men are on ground at strategic locations to ensure adequate security in the state.”
Personnel have deployed at the Sultan Place, Eid praying ground and Governor’s House among others.
“We are warning the parents not give small children vehicle or motorcycle to ride,” he cautioned.
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