ABUJA — President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Speaker Femi Gbajagbiamila, state governors, and other political leaders across the country have urged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, tolerance, and sacrifice and work for national unity.
In their Eid-el-Adha separate messages, the leaders urged the Muslim faithful to use the occasion to pray for peace and progress of the country.
They also called on Muslims to celebrate the festival with caution in the wake of the third wave of coronavirus infection in Nigeria.
In his message, President Muhammadu Buhari appealed to Nigerians to be patient with his government as it addresses the hardship in the land.
He attributed the current challenges facing the country to the COVID-19 pandemic, insecurity and flooding that hindered local production for self-sustenance.
“The current insecurity in the country has produced severe and adverse effects on agriculture because farmers are prevented from accessing their farms by bandits and terrorists.
“Let me also use this opportunity to reassure Nigerians that we are taking measures to address our security challenges,” he added.
He renewed the determination of his administration to create a just, harmonious and prosperous country in which the safety of life and property is assured.
Buhari, who extolled sacrifices of Nigerians, however, said that: “Taking advantage of the celebration to exploit fellow citizens through outrageous prices of food and rams is inconsistent with the fine virtues of Islam.
Also in a message, Senate President Ahmad Lawan said though it was painful the country is facing security and economic challenges; this is a passing phase in Nigeria’s historical process of nation-building.
He urged the Muslim faithful to show love and kindness to their compatriots as exemplified by Holy Prophet Mohammed (SAW).
In his message, the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, urged Nigerians, especially Muslims, to use the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir to pray for their leaders to be able to find solutions to the country’s challenges.
Gbajabiamila said Nigerians must remain united and steadfast at all times to be able to face the challenges confronting the country.
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