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The Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi congratulated the Muslim faithful on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration on Saturday; while calling on all Nigerians to pray for love, joy, peace, and prosperity in the country.
In his Sallah message, Ugwuanyi prayed for God’s boundless grace and favour upon all Nigerians; stating that the solemn festival of Eid-el-Kabir, anchored on love and sacrifice, comes with the peace, unity, and fulfillment which the country needs to forge ahead.
The governor also prayed for God’s protection, unceasing goodness, and mercy upon Nigerians in their individual and collective endeavours, adding: ‘May we all be living testimonies to God’s blessings and have every reason to continue to thank God.’
He, therefore, wished the Muslim faithful and indeed all Nigerians a pleasant and safe Eid-el-Kabir celebration; urging them to re-dedicate themselves to God and continue to pray fervently for the peace, unity, security and progress of the nation.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to put the interest of the country above selfish interests and ‘use religion as a motivation for the love of our common humanity.’
In his Eid-el Kabir message to Nigerian Muslims and other citizens, President Buhari said that ‘if we are putting the teachings of our religions into practice, most of the evils afflicting our society would have been solved.’
According to the President, ‘religion shouldn’t just be used as a mere badge of identity, but as a motivator for doing good for our country and humanity.’
He explained that ‘the exploitation of the people by traders and the stealing of public funds by civil servants and other holders of public trust is a reflection of the abandonment of the teachings of our religions.’
‘Our society is a bundle of contradictions. People display external religiosity without fear of God; they make life difficult for others; money becomes their god; leaders abandon their oaths of office by taking money meant for the welfare of the people and divert it to their private pockets.’
President Buhari congratulated the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria and the world on the occasion of the Eid, citing for special mention, ‘the brave men and women in uniform fighting terror on many fronts and their families, as well as others held hostage and kept away from their families by wicked and heartless terrorists.’