By Sola Shittu, Gombe, AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna, Kolade Adeyemi, Jos, Fanen Ihyongo, Kano, Augustine Okezie, Katsina and Duku Joel, Damaturu
Governors have praised the spirit of sacrifice and resilience displayed by Muslims during the fasting period.
They, however, urged Nigerians to have full recourse to God for solution to insecurity and other challenges facing the country.
In their messages, the governors asked the citizens to continue to live up to the tenets of their faith and allow the benefits of the just concluded fasting reflect in their character and actions
‘Peace in Nigeria is prerequisite for peace in the Africa’
In one of such messages, Gombe State Governor Inuwa Yahaya said peace in Nigeria is a prerequisite for peace on the African continent because of its size as the most populous black nation in Africa and the world.
The governor’s comment is coming on the heels of insecurity in various parts of the country, which necessitated the meeting of 17 Southern Nigeria Governors calling for a national dialogue and the banning of open grazing in the South.
Yahaya, who stated this while addressing guests at a banquet to mark the Eid Fitri celebration in Gombe, said consequently, all hands must be on deck to ensure that normalcy is restored in Nigeria to safeguard peace in other parts of the continent.
El-Rufai appeals for peace
Kaduna State Governor Nasir El Rufai praised the spirit of sacrifice and resilience displayed by the Muslim community in the state during the fasting period.
In an Ed-el-Fitr message, the governor congratulated the community on the successful completion of Ramadan and prayed that Allah will bless the immense sacrifices that were being made.
The message was contained in a statement issued yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr. Muyiwa Adekeye.
Okowa seeks prayers to fight insecurity
Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, in his message issued in Asaba, said Muslims and Christians should intensify prayers to complement Federal and state governments’ efforts at ending insecurity.
He said Nigerians should also pray for the peace in the nation and to avert a possible third wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
Okowa urged the Muslim faithful to extend the spiritual benefits of Ramadan: love, peace and justice, to their daily living “as through this, they will be contributing to the development of the nation”.
He asked all Muslim faithful and Nigerians to use the celebration for sober reflection and supplication for peace, unity and progress of the nation.
Lalong greets Muslims
Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong asked Muslims to continue to live up to the tenets of their faith and allow the benefits of the just concluded fasting reflect in their character and actions.
Lalong, while congratulating them for a successful Ramadan fast, said the current challenges require not only prayers, but commitment from all citizens to change the tide.
He acknowledged that although the government has the major responsibility of protecting the lives and property of the citizens, adding that such duty only succeeds when the people give the government the necessary support.
Masari urges prayer for return to peace
Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari called on Muslims to pray for return to peace and security.
He added that the circumstance the country is facing is a serious one that requires all hands to be on deck.
Masari, who spoke after worshiping at Shehu Usman Dan Fodio Mosque as part of the Eid-el-fitr celebration, said: “There cannot be development without security and peace. My appeal in very important time or day like Eid-el-fitr is to fellow Muslims, including fellow Nigerians that we need to pray to our creator and work hard to bring about peace in our country.
“The situation is very serious and requires all hands to be on deck. Issue of security is the responsibility of all of us. It’s beyond politics, religion and any differences that you can think.”
Buni seeks interest in unity
Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni called on all Nigerians to be “interested in things that unite us rather than those that are targeted at dividing the nation”.
He stated this while fielding questions from journalists immediately after observing his two raka’t prayers at the Yobe Central Mosque to mark the end of the fasting period.
“We must all have interest in our peaceful coexistence. As citizens, we should pay more attention to the things that unite us in this country more than the things that will divide us. Whatever it takes for us to live in peace, we must all come together and pursue it. We must all come together to solve our challenges,” Buni said.
Yahaya seeks peace, unity, love
Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya felicitated with the Muslim Ummah in the state as they join other faithful the world over in celebrating the Eid el-fitr.
In a goodwill message, the governor 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 bedevilling the country, but to remain resolute and prayerful with faith that the nation’s trying moment will be over and Nigeria will emerge stronger and more united.
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