All Progressives Congress, APC, leader and former governor of Lgaos, Bola Ahmed Tinubu in his Eid-el-Kabir message has called on all Nigerians to pray for a new, progressive leadership for the country at all levels of governance. “In the face of our current challenges, we all must renew our commitment to build a new country and work to bring about a new leadership that will end the circle of youth unemployment, hardship, deprivation and near economic strangulation Nigerians are currently experiencing”.
While congratulating Nigerian Muslims on witnessing yet another Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, Tinubu urged them to rededicate their lives to Allah and never to forget the service of compassion and sacrifice. “The lesson for this season and beyond is that we seek the face of God and never forget service to our fellowmen. Most importantly, we must pray for a better country, but not stop at praying but also work to achieve it”.
Tinubu believes that Nigeria is destined to be great and her citizens destined to benefit from that greatness. He believes we have been held back in our progressive development because of bad leaders, bad policies and a weak level of patriotism. ‘We need leaders that will put the people and this country first. Leaders that will go for broke and make the difference for Nigeria. Like in other developed countries, it takes just one leader to lead in the right direction. We must pray for such a leader to emerge. 2015 offers us another opportunity to make that change happen. For Nigeria, a new dawn is possible. And APC holds the key”.
Also,Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has urged the Muslim Ummah to harness their thoughts and energies towards the development of the state and country.
The Governor in his message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Peter Okhiria, congratulated the Muslims on this year’s Eid-el-Kabir. He said:“as we celebrate, I urge the Muslim Ummah and indeed all people of goodwill to remember the lessons of the celebration which is sacrifice, obedience and love.
“I urge you to channel your thoughts and energies in a positive direction to help the Government realize its dreams of a better state and country for us all. The Muslim Community should continue to join hands with people of other faith to maintain the peace in the state, as peace is a precondition for development.
“We should remember Allah’s faithfulness to His beloved Prophet Ibrahim which is a clear testimony that there is abundant reward in fidelity to Allah’s injunctions.
“I urge the faithful to sustain the acts of worship and continue to pray for self, the nation and her leaders for God to guide and direct our thoughts aright.
“In Edo, we remain thankful to Almighty Allah for His benevolence and Mercy to us, especially in the life of this administration.
“I pray that Allah in his abiding mercy will grant journey mercies to all faithful who are in the Holy land for the Hajj.
In its statement, the New Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the leadership of Alhaji
Abubakar Kawu Baraje congratulated Nigerian Muslims and other faithful across the world on this occasion of the 2013 Eid-el-Kabir.
However, as we celebrate Allah’s benevolence, it is important for us to pause and reflect on the significance of this celebration, which highlights the need for sacrifice and the benefits thereof.
By his willingness to sacrifice his son as commanded by Allah, Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) demonstrated the need for us to be willing to make sacrifices for our desired goals. This lesson couldn’t have been more timely as the present situation in the country is such that calls for sacrifices on the part of all Nigerians but especially by those in positions of responsibility becomes imperative.
It also calls for prayers for divine intervention, which explains why our party chieftains led by our National Chairman, Alhaji Baraje, who went to the Holy Land for this year’s pilgrimage, used the opportunity to pray for our troubled country.
We are confident that with prayers and the needed sacrifices, Allah will show us mercy and intervene to solve our current economic and political challenges.
We therefore wish our Muslim brothers and, indeed, all Nigerians, happy Eid-el-Kabir.