Lawmakers and state governors across the country have congratulated Muslims on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir, asking them to pray for the peace and unity of Nigeria.
The lawmakers are the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila; the Deputy Speaker, Mr Idris Wase; and the House Majority Leader, Mr Alhassan Ado-Doguwa.
The governors who felicitated with the Muslim faithful on the Sallah celebration included: Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu); Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Godwin Obaseki (Edo); Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos State) Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun) and Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa).
Similarly, the All Progressives Congress, the Peoples Democratic Party and the Arewa Consultative Forum also congratulated Muslims in the country and enjoined them to embrace unity and selflessness.
Gbajabiamila, in his Sallah message issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, urged Muslims to adhere to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad.
The Speaker, who is in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj, said the teachings of the Holy Prophet should also be replicated by all Nigerians.
Also, in his Sallah message Wase, asked Nigerians to pray for the country, especially with regards to the its security challenges.
On his part, Ado-Doguwa urged Nigerians to unite in prayers for the peace and security of the country.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, the Osun State governor urged Muslims to imbibe the virtues of obedience, love, justice and sacrifice, which he described as the essence of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Oyetola’s counterpart in Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Segun Ajiboye, asked Muslims to love others and pray for the military men and women who are working to maintain the peace in the country.
Also, Ugwuanyi said the significance of the Eid-el-Kabir festival was to strengthen the bond that holds the country together.
Ugwuanyi’s counterpart in Nasarawa, Sule, also called on the citizens to always stand together for unity and peaceful coexistence.
According to a Sallah message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Christian Ita, the governor asked Muslims to use the occasion to pray against insecurity in the country.
Similarly, the Oyo State Governor, Makinde, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, admonished the Muslim faithful in the state to reflect on the significance of the celebration, which he said bordered on displaying piety, sacrifice and love.
Sanwo-Olu in his Sallah message on Saturday, said that ‘
“Eid al-Adha” became a symbolic event in the history of mankind, given the bounty of rewards that followed the patience and perseverance of Prophet Ibrahim, who held on tenaciously to his faith in God despite being afflicted.
The governor urged Nigerians to draw lessons from the prophet’s examples by eschewing tendencies that could severe the unity and stability in the country.
The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, also asked Muslims to uphold the lessons of love, loyalty and sacrifice, which he said formed the foundation of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Fayemi’s counterpart in Edo State, Obaseki, urged Muslims in the state to continue to keep faith with his administration’s commitment to build a prosperous economy.
Also congratulating the Muslim faithful, a lawmaker representing Ekiti Central District in the National Assembly, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, asked them to continually pray for the survival of the country.
Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, also called on the Muslim faithful to spend the holiday reflecting on the lessons of the season.