By Temidayo Akinsuyi (Lagos), Yaqoub Popoola (Ado-Ekiti) and Chukwujekwu Ilozue (Onitsha)
More greetings are still coming on the heels Saturday’s Ed-el-Kabir festival.
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, who joined Islamic faithful in the state to observe special Eid prayers as part of the festival, wished all Muslims a blessed celebration and all Nigerians peace.
The Governor, who spoke to newsmen after the prayers at the Lagos Central Mosque, Nnamdi Azikiwe Street, Lagos, said whatever Nigerians want for themselves lies in their hands to achieve.
“I am sure that all will be well and it must be well only because we want it to be well. If it is well within us, it will be well around us and it will be well in our nation.
“In the last one year, everyday has been a season of countless blessings in spite of unwanted developments.
“As long as one is alive, you must remain grateful for many things, peace, health, well being and so long as there is hope, yesterday’s challenges can become history about how we turned things around. Those things should never overcome us,” he said.
Fashola added that being alive means that there is a possibility to learn from yesterday, to improve upon today and to turn around tomorrow “because really builders look to tomorrow and that everyone must be builders in their minds”.
“We must be builders in our actions, and in our thoughts and in our general disposition and therefore, tomorrow, we can build from today,” the Governor added.
Prominent among those who observed the Sallah prayers alongside the Governor were the Baba Adinni of Lagos, Sheikh Abou Afeez, and some members of the State Executive Council, including the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Lanre Babalola, and Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lateef Ibirogba.
In his own Eid-el-Kabir message, Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, appealed to Nigerians to eschew bitterness and hatred and let peace reign in the country.
Uduaghan said peaceful co-existence and understanding among citizens was essential in the face of the prevailing security challenges in the country.
According to him, the Eid-el-Kabir celebration was a period of sacrifice and reflection, stressing that Muslims should emulate the virtues of total obedience and selfless service as demonstrated by Prophet lbrahim.
Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, exhorted Muslims to take advantage of the spiritual lessons and blessings of Prophet Mohammed on the occasion of Sallah season to promote love and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.
According to him, the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir gives Muslims across the country an opportunity to reflect on the supremacy of peace to nation building.
“I urge you to reflect on the deeper meanings of the teachings of the Holy Prophet and seek new ways of working for more peaceful and United Nigeria.
“No country can experience true progress without peace. May the teachings of the holy prophet guide our relationship with one another this Sallah season and always,” said Obiano.
Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, urged Nigerians to use the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration to reflect on the challenges facing the nation and seek the face of God for solution to them.
He expressed his optimism in the future of the country as a unified and prosperous nation and pledged to take steps that would further strengthen the unity of the country.
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