On the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir, Rivers State Governor Chief Nyesom Wike, and his counterparts in Benue, Osun, and Kano states, Samuel Ortom, Prof Gboyega Oyetola, and Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, have congratulated Muslims, urging them to emulate the Holy Prophet Mohammed by imbibing the Prophet’s ideals of sacrifice, tolerance, and peace.
Wike stated Eid-el-Kabir is a season of love, peace, camaraderie, and sacrifice in a Sallah message.
He advised all Nigerians to embrace religious tolerance, saying that it would promote peace and progress in the country.
He promised Rivers State residents that the government would collaborate with security agencies to ensure that everyone celebrated Sallah in peace and unity.
He congratulated Rivers State’s Muslim population on Sallah and promised that his administration will continue to work with them to propel the state ahead.
The governor expressed gratitude to the state’s Muslim community for their unwavering support for his administration.
Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, the Deputy Governor of Rivers State, has also asked Muslims in the state to continue to emulate Prophet Muhammad’s values of obedience.
Banigo said this in a goodwill message to Muslims celebrating the Eid-el-Kabir festival this year at Government House in Port Harcourt.
Prophet Muhammad was willing to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah’s command, according to the deputy governor, which she described as an uncommon attribute.
Banigo reassured them that the governor’s administration, led by Chief Nyesom Wike, would continue to carry all citizens of the state along in the scheme of things, and urged them to continue to support the governor.
She expressed her gratitude to the state government for working with security agencies to guarantee a smooth celebration, and she wished all Muslims a Happy Eid-el-Kabir.
Governor Samuel Ortom, on the other hand, asked Nigerians to increase their prayers and support for the country’s unity and peace.
While congratulating Muslims on the occasion, the governor noted that Eid-el-Kabir was a chance for all Muslims to demonstrate the characteristics of piety, honesty, charity, and generosity as taught by Prophet Muhammad.
In a statement issued yesterday in Makurdi by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, the governor reiterated that the current wave of insecurity, in which hundreds of school children are kidnapped every day in various parts of the country, armed herders frequently attack farming communities and kill many people, as well as other acts of terrorism, could only be overcome if security agencies were given adequate resources.
“He stated that the safety of lives and property in all parts of the state will remain a top concern for his government, and that the current administration will continue to uphold the ideals of transparency, accountability, justice, and equity in serving the people of the state.
Governor Ortom expresses his gratitude to the people of Benue for their patience and support since 2015, despite the obstacles the state government has experienced, and wishes the people of the state a joyous Eid-el-Kabir celebration.”
Governor Gboyega Oyetola also spoke out, urging Nigerians to maintain religious tolerance and peace.
“I congratulate all Muslims in Osun State, Nigeria, and the rest of the world,” he stated. We are grateful to God for allowing us to participate in this year’s event. We were unable to celebrate it last year. But we are grateful to God for allowing us to be here today. I’d like to encourage our people to live in harmony. They should offer hands of friendship to others who are less fortunate. They, too, are deserving of a celebration.
“Religious differences should not be highlighted. Religious tolerance is essential. Our neighbors must be loved.”
Oyetola urged Osun inhabitants and residents to keep the peace and stay away from anything that would jeopardize the state’s peace.
“Let us live in harmony. Osun is known for its tranquility. I want us to continue to be known as Nigeria’s most tranquil state,” he continued.
Sheik Musa Animasahun, the Grand Imam of Osun State, who touched on the issue of peace earlier in his sermon, emphasized the necessity for Nigerians to foster peace and unity.
He also urged the Muslim faithful to thank God for allowing them to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir this year despite the setbacks caused by the Covid-19 outbreak last year.
The central mosque was packed with Muslim faithful from across Osun State who had gathered to pray to God and commemorate the Eid-el-Kabir festival.
The worshippers also followed the Covid-19 pandemic safety protocols, which included wearing facemasks and other protective gear.
Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the governor of Kano State, has also urged Muslims and other Nigerians to pray against insecurity across the country.
Ganduje, who congratulated Kano residents and Nigerians on the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, urged them to ensure a peaceful and healthy Sallah period by adhering to Covid-19 protocols.
He addressed this yesterday at the Eid-Prayer ground in Kofar Mata, Kano, alongside the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, members of the state Executive Council, party leaders, elders, and members of the business community, among others.
“I must congratulate the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, Chairman of the Kano State Council of Emirs, and all other Emirs, Ulamas, representatives of the business community, women and youth, and the entire people on the arrival of this Sallah period,” he added.
“And it is also very crucial, because the third wave of Covid-19 is approaching, we should be able to follow the procedures so that we can prevent its effect,” he added. We believe that prevention is preferable to cure. That, I believe, is critical. We should also continue to pray to Allah Ta’ala for continued protection of our state and the entire country from the current insecurity situation.”