– Governors Tambuwal, Ambode, Aregbesola have asked Nigerians to imbibe the values of sacrifice and endurance as they join their counterparts worldwide to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir
– Aregbesola said selflessness helps build a nation adding that when the welfare of the people is most paramount, it leads to the emergence of a society with peace, equality and growth
Despite the current economic challenge confronting the country, there’s hope that measures put in place by the government will yield positive result and return Nigeria to path of growth and financial stability, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has said.
In a message to commemorate this year’s eid-el-kabir sallah celebration issued in Sokoto by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal said reforms instituted by the APC-led federal government were necessary in order to halt the drift and kick-start the journey to development and self-reliance.
“We may be facing tough challenges now, but I believe they are just for the short term. Measures put in place by government will have positive impact in the medium and long term. This administration has shown strong will to diversify the economy and reduce reliance on oil. That measure has started yielding result,” he said.
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The Governor said in Sokoto, various initiatives have been implemented to mitigate the effect of the economic downturn, with majority of the people of the state answering government’s call to return to farm.
“Because our citizens accepted our calls and incentives to return to farm, we expect to have bumper harvest this year especially in crops like rice, wheat, onion and millet. This will go a long way in enhancing their income and at the same time tackling other socio-economic challenges confronting them.”
On his part, Lagos state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode called on Muslims in Nigeria to imbibe the values of sacrifice and endurance as they join their counterparts worldwide to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir.
In his Sallah message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna, Governor Ambode said the period of the celebration is one that calls for every Muslim and other Nigerians to embrace the tenets of sacrifice, patience, humility and brotherly love.
“As we celebrate this auspicious occasion, let us renew our faith in our nation and implore the Almighty God to restore to us those values that place high premium on human life, love of neighbour and sharing even as we ventilate our faith in the unity of our dear country and the possibility of her taking her place in the comity of nations”, the Governor said.
He said the prevailing economic recession currently taking its toll on Nigerians was only a phase that will pave way for a new dawn in the country, saying the Federal Government is making steady efforts to salvage the situation.
“This period requires more patience, fortitude, tolerance, endurance, patriotism and a greater willingness to make personal sacrifices for the good of all. The President Muhammadu Buhari administration remains committed to lead the nation in overcoming its current economic and developmental challenges.”
On his part, Aregbesola said selflessness helps build a nation adding that when the welfare of the people is most paramount, it leads to the emergence of a society with peace, equality and growth.
Quoting the Holy Qura’n chapter 22:37 thus: “It is not their meat Nor their blood, that reaches Allah: it is your piety that reaches Him: He Has thus made them subject To you, that ye may glorify Allah for His guidance to you: And proclaim the Good News To all who do right,” Aregbesola said the sacrifice of rams is in commemoration of Abraham and Isma’il’s great self sacrifice, trust, obedience and belief in Allah.
The slaughtering of animal is a personal sacrifice by sharing their limited means of survival with the poorer members of their communities.
He tasked adherents of Islam to imbibe the lessons of commitment, dedication and obedience to higher authorities as inherently demonstrated by Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to the will of God which the Eid-El-Kabir commemorates.
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“I wish our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters in Osun, Nigeria and beyond, a most blessed Eid.
“Adherents of the faith should leverage this festive moment to foster unity and continue to live up to the tenets through the acts of charity, peaceful co-existence with our neighbours, obedience to the injunctions of the Holy Qura’n and sacrifice as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim whose spirit of obedience was demonstrated through his submission to the will of Allah even in very difficult situation.
“We should also use the occasion to offer prayers to God for peaceful co-existence among different ethno-religious groups in the country. The celebration of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir therefore must draw us closer to God than ever before as well as spur us to avoid negative tendencies which could further compound our tenuous socio-political and economic conditions.
“We should equally avoid negative comments and actions, which seriously run counter to values that promote the common good of our dear nation.”