President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged Nigerians to rise above
personal, group, sectarian and other primordial interests, and promote
harmony and tolerance in dealing with one another at all times.
In a statement in Abuja the President
gave the challenge in his Sallah message to the nation.
President Buhari urged all Muslims to use the occasion for sober
reflection and self-examination, and strive to be good ambassadors of
their religion by upholding high moral values.
He reminded Muslims that “this felicitous occasion of Eid-ul-Adha is a
remembrance of the submission of Prophet Ibrahim Allaihis-Salam to
Allah, his Creator, by which he taught the world the value of
sacrifice in relating with one another, and when it comes to
“We must sacrifice for others and remember always those who are less
fortunate than ourselves,” the President declared.
He further explained that religion was a major factor in influencing
human behaviour towards good conduct and actions.
He, however, regretted that selfishness, greed and corruption had
overwhelmed human souls to the extent that people abandoned their
religious beliefs in pursuit of their greed.
President Buhari stressed, “fighting corruption is a task that must be
done in order to protect the larger interests of the ordinary
Nigerians, who are the worst victims of diseases, poverty,
malnutrition and other afflictions.’’
According to him, surrendering to corruption is not an option because
it destroys society and progress of nations.
“Even if some people hate you for fighting corruption, you should not
chicken out from the task as a leader because doing so is a betrayal
of public trust,” he maintained.
On the current economic challenges facing Nigerians, Mr President
reassured that such problems would soon be history because the welfare
of the people was the main thrust of the change agenda of the
President Buhari cited the many initiatives unfolded by the
administration under the Social Investment Programme (SIP) among which
was the recent decision to distribute recovered stolen funds to the
poor against the past practices of re-looting such funds by some
people in authority.
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has urged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of brotherhood and peaceful coexistence in their relationship during Sallah celebration and beyond.
Saraki made the call in his Eid-el-Kabir message to Muslim faithful in the country, signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja.
He further enjoined Nigerians to increase their efforts in charitable endeavours, perseverance and spiritual intercession for the nation. The Senate President urged Nigerians to further devote their prayers at the Eid praying grounds to the call on Allah to restore peace in all parts of the country, strengthen the unity and rebuild the economy.
Saraki also congratulated Muslims on the celebration of the 2018 Eid el-Kabir festival and described the special occasion as “a period that honours the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son to show submission to Allah’s command”.
“As we have read from the Glorious Qur’an, just when Ibrahim was about to kill his son Ishmael, Almighty Allah (SWT) put a sheep in its place. Muslims use Eid el-Kabir to celebrate Prophet Ibrahim’s complete obedience to the will of Allah and as a reminder of our own willingness to make sacrifices in obedience to Allah,” he stated.