Governors Felicitate with Muslims at Eid-el Kabir


Eric Elezuo

Most governors of the states of the Federal Republic have felicitated with the Muslims Faithful on this year’s Eid-el Kabir festival, calling for unity, peaceful co-existence, love, tolerance among others.

Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State called on Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of togetherness, peaceful co-existence and love as exemplified by Prophet Muhammed.

In a Eid-el-Kabir message issued in Ibadan by Mr Yomi Layinka, his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Ajimobi said that the country needed these attributes to achieve the desired greatness.

He said that it was only in an atmosphere of peace and love that people could thrive and attain their potentials.

“I enjoin you to continue to exhibit love toward your fellow human beings and re-dedicate yourselves to the service of Almighty Allah and humanity as demonstrated by Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) during his earthly sojourn,” he said.

He commended the people of the state for their understanding and continued support for his administration in its quest to redefine governance and take the state to greater heights.

On his part, Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, urged Muslims to take advantage of the Eid el-Kabir to pray for the continuous peaceful co-existence of Nigerians.

Ugwuanyi made this call in an Eid el-Kabir message made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Sunday.

“Our Muslim brothers and sisters should offer prayers for the peace and unity as well as economic progress of the nation,’’ he said.

Ugwuanyi noted that it was only through prayers and absolute faith in God that Nigeria can overcome her current socio-cultural and economic challenges.

The governor harped on the need for peaceful co-existence among Nigerians irrespective of their religious and ethnic differences.

“The God, who brought us together as one entity, will certainly take the nation to the dreams of our founding fathers,’’ he said.

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra also called on Muslim faithful and all Nigerians to imbibe the virtues of love, tolerance and harmony as advocated by the teachings of Prophet Mohammed.

Obiano made the call in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr. James Eze in Awka on Sunday.

He said that the celebration of this year’s Eid el-Kabir offered Nigerians a chance to show love to one another and strengthen the bonds of nationhood.

Obiano said that the teachings of the Holy prophet should serve as a guide to steps out of the current economic recession.

“Nigerians should love one another, show more tolerance for one another and work more closely together to pull the country out of the  recession,’’ Obiano said.

The governor urged Nigerian Muslims to continue to uphold Nigeria in their prayers, pointing out that Nigeria needed  prayers now more than ever before.

Also Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State urged Muslim faithful to use the Eid el-Kabir festival to pray for the peace and stability of the country.


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