The Chairman National Caretaker Committee of Opposition Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi has urged Nigerians to “exhibit the spirit of love, obedience to God and sacrifice which are some of its hallmarks and historical significance” during the Eid-el-Kabir festival
Makarfi who said this in his statement on Sallah eve noted, “God in His infinite mercies and immeasurable powers has again afforded us the Opportunity to celebrate yet another Eid-el-Kabir. As we celebrate this auspicious occasion, I would like to urge us to exhibit the spirit of love, obedience to God and sacrifice which are some of its hallmarks and historical significance.
According to him, “The period should also be for not only celebrations and merry making, but also for sober reflection and desire, indeed, efforts to get closer to God Almighty in our actions and utterances by exhibiting the quintessential values of love, peace and good neighbourliness, all of which are encapsulated in the fear of God. We should also use the occasion to rededicate ourselves to His service by striving to continue to serve humanity irrespective of tribe, creed or political leanings.
“God in His infinite wisdom and mercy has created us the way He has, with all our diversities, and has decreed that we exist in this highly endowed nation as each other’s keeper. The best way to express our gratitude to Him is to continue to live in peace and keep on harnessing our diversity in order to explore and exploit the numerous opportunities He has endowed our Nation with, in positive ways.
He further advised that “And as our Country grapples with various challenges of development, this is also an apt period for all of us to pray earnestly to God to continue to bless Nigeria as well as guide and guard it.
“I also wish to congratulate our pilgrims for the God-given opportunity to perform this year’s Hajj and also urge them to, as part of their rituals, pray for the continued peace, security, development and prosperity of our dear country. I also wish them a successful as well as fruitful Hajj, and a safe return home” ,Makarfi said.