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Eid: Nigerians urged to live in peace

As Nigerians today mark Eid-al-Fitri, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state called on Nigerians to sustain the prayers and disciplines imbibed during the holy Month of Ramadan for peaceful coexistence of the country.

The governor made the call while delivering a Sallah message in the state.

Governor Tambuwal stressed that peace is the only panacea to the socioeconomic development of the country.

He appealed to Nigerians to shun anything that could further throws the country into chaos for the unity and peaceful coexistence of the country.

The governor commended the people of the state for their continues support for the state government policies and programmes for sustainable development.

He said the state is managing the limited resources and had not failed on executing projects and programs that are critical to the transformation of the state.

Also Gombe state Governor, Muhammadu Yahaya in a goodwill message urged the Ummah to sustain the lessons of the holy month and replicate them in their daily lives for the good of the society.

The Governor tasked the citizenry not to lose sight in face of the current security challenges bedeviling the country but to remain resolute and prayerful with faith that the nation’s trying moment will be over and Nigeria would emerge stronger and more united.

He strongly condemned those calling for the balkanization of the country, describing such agitations as self-serving and orchestrated plan by few Nigerians to cause unnecessary tension and division among the citizens who have lived in relative peace and harmony. 

He emphasized that his administration will not condone any act that will undermine the corporate existence of the country but will remain focused in delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of the State and by extension Nigerians who may find the State as home to do legitimate business.

In the meantime, the All Progressives Congress APC has appealed to Muslim faithful and Nigerians, in general, to use the Eid-el Fitr celebration to demonstrate the essence of Ramadan which is about personal sacrifice and sharing with the less privileged.

In a statement on the occasion of Sallah celebration, the Secretary, National Caretaker Committee of the party, Senator John Akpanudoedehe also called for pray for leaders and the country’s peace and development.

It stresses the need for collective efforts to ensure that citizens enjoy the many pro-people developmental strides of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in an atmosphere of peace.

The statement calls on all people of goodwill and patriotic citizens to use the occasion to extend their spiritual support for the administration in its continued quest to place the country on the path of economic prosperity.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has also urged Nigerians to use the occasion of the Eid-el-Fitr as an opportunity to unite in confronting the challenges facing the nation.

In a statement  by the spokesman of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the party stresses that the virtues of self-sacrifice, love, perseverance and inner peace as the lessons of the holy month of Ramadan should continue to guide Nigerians as a people to face and overcome the challenges of life, particularly the evils confronting the nation currently.

The PDP urged Nigerians to also use the occasion to pray for the nation as well as show love to one another, especially the downtrodden and the victims of terrorism and banditry in the country.

In the meantime, the chief Imam in Imo state Sheik Suleiman Njoku called on Nigerians regardless of tribe or religion to shun violence and embrace love and peace as commanded by Allah.

Sheik Njoku made the call while speaking with Radio Nigeria in Owerri on this year’s eid-el-fitr celebration. 

The chief Imam noted that Ramadan is not just denial of food and drink, but a time of self  purification and show of empathy to the poor and needy in the society. 

NASIR MALALI, ADAMU YUSUF, CHRIS NYAMTU, UGONNA AGU

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