“I also congratulate all Nigerians who have been able to undertake the Hajj this year in fulfillment of their religious obligations.
“As they undergo the rites of the Hajj in the Holy Land, and celebrate the Feast of Sacrifice here at home, I urge our Islamic Faithful to offer special prayers for peace, harmony, unity, security and progress in our fatherland.
Jonathan said in a statement “I also implore them, as always, to find time in the midst of the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations to meditate on the immense benefits our nation can derive from a greater exhibition by its people of piety, honesty, selflessness, tolerance, peaceful co-existence with others, equity,
fairness and justice for all, which are an integral part of the message of the Holy Prophet.
“My administration will continue to promote and encourage the teaching of these commendable virtues of Islam and our other religious beliefs in the knowledge that a greater manifestation of such virtues and ideals by our people will stand our country in very good stead as we strive to overcome the challenges of development and build a great nation.
“My administration also remains fully committed to the implementation of measures and policies that will further promote and enhance national peace, stability and progress.
He said” it is in keeping with that avowed commitment and my firm belief in the right to freedom of expression and the right of all people in a democracy to make choices on how they wish to live and be governed that I recently announced plans for an orderly national conversation on our problems and challenges.
“Those who continue to say that the initiative is diversionary or aimed at promoting certain political ambitions are in error.
“Our sincere objective is to create an acceptable and workable platform for a national dialogue or conference that will help us to resolve the issues that still cause tension and friction in the polity, reinforce the ties that bind the country’s many ethnic nationalities and ensure that Nigeria’s immense diversity continues to be a source of strength and greatness.
“Our desire is for the greatest possible majority of Nigerians to key into the process and agree on the best way forward for our dear nation.
“We have been greatly encouraged in this regard by the very positive reaction of various national interest groups to the initiative and I seize the opportunity of this occasion to urge all other Nigerians to give their fullest possible support to this renewed effort to harness the efficacy of dialogue and consensus-building for the future well-being and progress of
our beloved nation.
“I assure all Nigerians that going forward, my administration will continue to give very focused and purposeful leadership to the nation.
Jonathan said “ We remain committed to achieving significant improvements in the living conditions of all Nigerians through the diligent implementation of our agenda for national transformation.
“We will also remain very proactive in taking all actions deemed necessary for the restoration and sustenance of peace and security in all parts of our country.
“I wish all Nigerians joyful Eid-El-Kabir celebrations.
“I also wish our compatriots who are performing the Hajj a very safe journey back home.
“May God Almighty continue to bless our beloved country.
“Happy Sallah to you all.
More Sallah Messages:
Uphold love, accountability, Atiku urges Nigerians
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said that accountability and a sense of inter-personal love are two important values that Nigerians must continue to uphold.
The former Vice President made this assertion in a statement issued on Monday by his media office in Abuja, congratulating Muslims in the country on the celebration of the Eid-il-Kabir festival.
He said that accountability would ensure the freeing of government resources for development to end joblessness, insecurity and pervasive economic hardship facing Nigerians.
According to the former Vice President, who is also the Turaki Adamawa, the celebration of the Ed-il-Kabir festival is a celebration of forthrightness of man to God, and also of the Almighty’s love to humanity.
“It is thus important for each and every one of us to evaluate our relationships and ensure that it complies with the values of accountability and love to one another; this is essentially what the celebration of Ed-il-Kabir festival entails,” Atiku said.
The statement added further that, “as we gather to celebrate with our friends and families, we must never forget our country in our prayers. Nigeria and Nigerians need love more than ever before in light of our current challenges; and therefore we must remain relentless in our prayers to God to bless our land with love and peace.”
Eid-el-Kabir: Northern Govs Preach Peace,Tolerance
As Nigeria joins the world to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir, Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has enjoined Muslims to work towards strengthening peaceful coexistence and good neighbourliness.
Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu who gave the charge in an Eid-El-Kabir message said Nigerians must reflect on the various challenges facing the nation and work collectively to surmount them.
In a statement signed by Governor Aliyu’s spokeman, Danladi Ndayebo,the forum said
the challenges confronting the nation require the cooperation of all if the country is to achieve meaningful progress and development.
It said the celebration provides another opportunity for Nigerians to reflect on the essence of sacrifice, selfless service and total submission to Allah which are requisite conditions for harmonious coexistence and development of our nation.
The forum urged Muslims and non Muslims alike to use the Eid-el-Kabir season to forgive and love one another, while emphasizing the need for Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of peace, sacrifice, love and tolerance which are the significance the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
The forum called on Nigerians to continue to support governments at all levels to enable those in position of authority to do more for the citizenry.
Mark to Nigerians @ Eid-el-Kabir: Let’s make Nigeria a better place.
President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has urged Nigerians across the divide to close ranks and work together to make the nation a peaceful and better Place for all .
Senator Mark in a goodwill message to Muslim faithful to commemorate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, reminded Nigerians that “we have more to gain by being together than otherwise.”
He urged Clergy men of all faith to preach the good news of oneness , peaceful coexistence , trust and love for fellow citizens.
He noted with pain the unabating security challenges facing the nation and pleaded with all Nigerians of goodwill to rise up to the occasion to tackle the menace headlong.
“I believe that our size and diversity is our strength . God did not make mistake in putting us together in one country. We should therefore use our strength and God given potentials for good.”
In spite of the challenges however, Senator Mark urged Nigerians to have unshakeable faith in the ability and capability of our people to overcome the obstacles saying that the problem of Nigerians can only be solved by Nigerians themselves.
“That is why we must agree as a people to address our problems in an open, frank and honest manner because nobody is coming from the moon or space to solve our problems”, he stated.
The platform offered by the national conference or dialogue committee Senator Mark opined is a needed elixir and avenue to reconcile any misgivings .
He therefore implored all Nigerians to take advantage of the National conference to present their positions so that “we can continue to live in peace and united like a people with a common mission and purpose”.
Senator Mark wishes the Muslim faithful a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Sallah: PDM Prays For Better Times For Nigeria And Nigerians
The Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, has called on Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of resilience and sacrifice embedded in the message of Eid, which originated from the historical act of Abraham and his son Ishmael. The Party also prayed for God’s mercies, guidance and abundance for all Nigerians during this Sallah period.
The National Chairman of PDM, Mallam Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim, who spoke through his Media Advisor, Alaba Yusuf, enjoined Nigerians, Muslims and Christians alike, to seize the symbolic and golden opportunity of the event to reflect, to forgive one another and to work together peacefully for unity, security and tranquility to prevail in the country.
“May God in His Infinite Mercy bestow upon our fellow countrymen and women the wisdom, endurance and perseverance to continue the hard work of rebuilding Nigeria in order to hand over a better country to our children than the one bequeathed to us. As responsible citizens and people of faith, Nigerians must not give up on their country because this is the only country we have and we must make it work. If we all observe and adhere to the tenets of our scriptures by being just, fair and honest to ourselves and to each other, our country will be a much better place.”
PDM also prays for the return of security, peace and prosperity to all parts of Nigeria, especially those parts currently under siege from the acts of criminals and extremists. It also called on Nigerians to beware of the antics of those that are bent on exploiting our differences to destroy our country.
Use Eid-el-Kabir for Introspection-PGF
The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) has congratulated all Nigerians on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir, and to urge all citizens to think deeply about the teachings of our various religions, our relationship with God and the need to rededicate ourselves further to serve our collective humanity.
The forum said “One of the most important lessons of Eid-el-Kabir is the need for patience and sacrifice. However, it is the view of the PGF that Nigerians have been asked to make painful sacrifices too often without anything to show for their patience. For that reason, it is time for Nigerians to demand better service, accountability and recompense for years of patience. It is our position that any government that fails to be accountable to the electorates has lost its legitimacy.
“Sadly, Nigerians have been compelled to deal with lack of services, which has made life unbearable for all Nigerians and the resultant worsening security, poverty and unemployment situations in the country. Without question, any form of celebrations at this time should be marked by thoughts about our fellow countrymen and women that have lost their lives or livelihoods to one form of avoidable conflicts or disasters.
“The PGF appreciates that times are particularly difficult, and calls on Nigerians not to despair; hope is around the corner. We pledge to work with Nigerians towards finding and implementing policies that promote security of lives and property, employment generation and stimulation of economic activity so that all Nigerians would benefit from our human and materials resources and convert potentials to real benefits.
“We also wish to call on the federal government to imbibe the spirit of tolerance and shun all dictatorial tendencies such as the arbitrary sealing of the Adamawa State Government lodge in Abuja. The PGF not only finds this attitude condemnable but also demands the immediate opening of the lodge to enable it conduct its normal business.
“Similarly, the PGF notes with concern, several acts of intimidation of opposition parties by the state government and the PDP in Delta State in the recent run-off election. This is a very dangerous trend that cannot be allowed to continue because it has grave consequences on our democracy. Freedom of choice and right of association, which are enshrined in our Constitution and must therefore be allowed to flourish, and not sacrificed for undue electoral advantage. We call on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to allow Nigerians to freely and fairly elect candidates of their choice in every part of the country.
“Finally, the PGF assures Nigerians that we feel your pain and suffering and pledge to do everything we can within our powers to promote open and transparent governance at all levels, and work to develop our country based on policies and programmes that would promote security, end poverty, create jobs, guarantee the rights of every Nigerian as contained in the laws of the land.
Eid-el-Kabir: Kalu calls for unity among Nigerians
A former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu, has congratulated the Muslim community in Nigeria and around the world on the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir.
Kalu urged them to uphold the teachings of the holy book as they celebrate.
He said the lessons of the celebration, especially unity across all boards, should not be lost in the euphoria of merrymaking.
Kalu, in a goodwill message signed by his Special Adviser, Alhaji Oyekunle Oyewumi, said: “It is with joy that I felicitate with the Muslim faithful on the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir.
“We must use the special season to reach out and celebrate with one another for the sake of unity.
“It is a period to reflect on our spiritual life as individuals and how we can promote peace and unity in Nigeria.”
Kalu admonished all Nigerians, irrespective of religion, to imbibe the spirit of love, brotherhood and tolerance among themselves as exemplified by Prophet Mohammed (SAW), adding that the security challenges facing the country can only be overcome if we all respect each others’ belief, opinion and religion.
He also used the opportunity to call on Nigerians to remain law, while challenging government at all levels to be responsive to the welfare of the people.