President Goodluck Jonathan has felicitated “with all our countrymen and women of the Islamic faith as we celebrate this year’s Eid-El-Kabir.
“I also congratulate all believers who have successfully undertaken the Hajj this year as enjoined by Prophet Mohammed (May Peace Be Upon Him)” ,the president said in a statement.
The statement said further:“As they conclude the rites of the Hajj and prepare to return home, let us all join them in offering special prayers for greater security, peace,unity and progress in our dear country as well as for the peaceful and successful conduct of next year’s general elections.
“With this week’s issuance of a formal notice of the impending generalelections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), another national campaign season is now truly upon us and I urge all political leaders in the country to place the overriding interest of the well-being and progress of our fatherland above all other considerations in the coming campaigns and elections.
“My administration has done its sincere best in the past four years to implement its agenda for national transformation and move our country forward on several fronts.
“I thank the many individuals, stakeholders, groups, associations,non-governmental organisations, unions and political leaders from across the country who have, in recognition and appreciation of our efforts andcommitment to repositioning our dear nation for more rapid growth and development, urged me to seek a second term in office.
“In deciding on an appropriate response to such calls, I will place the greater interests of national harmony, cohesion, unity, security, political stability, progress, equity, justice and fairness above any personal ambition or sectional agenda.
“I urge all other political leaders in the country to do the same. Let us all rise above unedifying, unpatriotic and selfish personal interests and divisive sectional agenda in the coming national elections.
“Let us also commit ourselves more to the sustenance of democracy and political stability which are essential prerequisites for the advancement of good governance, inclusive economic growth and rapid development.
“In spite of the significant progress we have made in the past four years, our dear nation continues to face critical challenges in some areas. I am convinced however that if we persevere and continue to build diligently on what the present administration has achieved, we will surely overcome all hindrances and fully establish a stronger, more united and prosperous nation that meets the aspirations and yearnings of all of our people.
“As we celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir, let us also rededicate and commit ourselves to the Holy Prophet’s injunctions of piety, honesty, charity and generosity to the less privileged, impartial leadership and true justice for all.
“These virtues and lessons will surely stand our nation in good stead as we continue our journey towards the fulfillment of our founding fathers’ vision of a great nation.
“May Allah’s blessings be upon all our compatriots who have undertaken the Hajj this year and on our dear country.
“I wish all Nigerians currently in the Holy Land a safe journey back home”,while wishing muslims happy Sallah
In the same vein,Former Vice President and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, has said that strict adherence to the procedure of due diligence before entering into contractual agreements is an imperative for the evolution of a progressive.
The APC presidential hopeful 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 fulfilment of promises.
The statement issued by his media office in Abuja on Friday 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 fulfil 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.
“As a people too, we must be vigilant and thorough about the decisions that we take in conjunction with others. It is our responsibility to ensure that we enter into agreements with people of proven character and credibility. The prevailing mindset of placing trust on people based on primordial sentiments such as ethnic or religious considerations without recourse to due diligence is not healthy for the growth of individuals or nations,” Atiku said.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole has also congratulated the Muslim community in Nigeria as they join their counterparts the world over to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, urging them to imbibe the lessons of sacrifice which the festival signifies.
In a statement signed by Mr Peter Okhiria, his Chief Press Secretary, the Governor said “I rejoice with our Muslim brothers and sisters on this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration. On this occasion, I urge the Muslim faithful to remember that obedience to Allah and uprightness are some of the virtues of a true worshipper.
“We should never forget that even in trials and temptations, our love for our neighbor must never diminish and our obedience to the will of Allah must be unwavering.
“The 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.
“Even as we celebrate, we should not forget 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.”
The Governor also prayed for the safe return of the nation’s pilgrims to the Holy land of Mecca and Medina.
Also,as the Muslim Ummah celebrate Eid-el Kabir, the First Lady, Dame Patience Faka Jonathan has asked Nigerians especially the women to intensify prayers for peaceful co-existence in Nigeria.
Dame Patience Jonathan has felicitated with the Muslim Ummah, asking them not to forget the spirit behind Eid-el Kabir celebration. The First Lady reminds Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of tolerance, obedience and respect for constituted authority for the collective advancement of the country.The First Lady reiterates the need for peace if the desired development would be achieved.
Dame Patience Jonathan wants the Muslim Ummah and indeed all Nigerians to spare a thought for members of the Armed Forces who would be on the line of duty risking their lives so that we may live during the festivities. The First Lady while wishing all Nigerians happy Eid-el Kabir celebrations also prays for the safe return of pilgrims to this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in its Sallah message has charged Nigerians to use the occasion of this year’s Eid El- Kabir to reflect on the virtue of faith and total submission to the will of the Almighty God as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim who was willing to sacrifice his only son, Ishmael in obedience to God’s command.
The party, in a goodwill message signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh on Friday said the Eid El-Kabir grants Nigerians a great opportunity to rededicate themselves to God by rekindling the spirit of sacrifice, patience and love.
“Indeed, the Eid El-Kabir teaches great lessons in faith in the Almighty God who, in His infinite wisdom destined Nigeria as one united, indivisible and prosperous nation where the welfare, freedom and happiness of all citizens are guaranteed.
“We therefore urge all Nigerians to keep hope alive, pray and work towards the greatness of our dear nation. We must rededicate ourselves to the values that unite and strengthen us as a people and resist all vices that seek to weaken and tear us apart”, the PDP said.
The party further reiterated its commitment to the unity and prosperity of Nigeria. It assured that it will not only remain steadfast to guaranteeing a free and democratic society in which the powers and actions of government are lawful but also a nation where the welfare and prosperity of the people are assured through sound policies and rapid infrastructural development in line with its ideology and visions of its founding fathers.
The party wished all Nigerians a happy Eid El- Kabir while urging them to continue to consider the less-privileged at all times.
In his message,the Acting Governor Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has tasked the entire Muslim Ummah on the need to be God fearing, peace loving and patriotic during this blessed period of Ed-el kabir.
Fintiri in a Sallah message to felicitate with the Muslim Community said while seeking Allah’s bounties, every citizen should pray for God’s intervention to bring an end to insurgency.
The Acting Governor noted that it is not a mere coincidence that today which is observed as Arafat day throughout the Muslim World, fell on a Friday and the 9th day of the Holy month of Zul Hijja.
The Acting governor therefore urged Muslim to extend a hand of friendship to not only to fellow Muslim but the adherents of other religions in order to promote peaceful co-existence.
Eminent businessman and former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu, has felicitated with the Muslim community all over the world on 2014 Eid -el- Kabir celebration.
The former governor, who described the Sallah season as a period of spiritual re dedication, called on Nigerians to pray for the country.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Kunle Oyewumi, Kalu said, “it is with joy that I join our Muslim brothers and sisters in celebrating yet another Eld -el – Kabir. This special season calls for sober reflection as individuals and as a nation. Nigeria needs prayer and there is no other time to do this other than now, let’s keep praying for the country’s leadership”.
Kalu added that religious tolerance and mutual respect among all tribes and religion is key to peaceful coexistence and unity of Nigeria. “We must continue to show love, brotherhood and togetherness in the interest of our dear country” ,he declared.
He stated further,”I salute our religious and spiritual leaders who have continued to champion peaceful co existence among all religions,”.
Kalu while wishing the Muslim ummah a hitch-free celebration, called on them to extend the goodwill of the season to friends in other religions