Eid El Fitr: Buhari, Saraki, Kalu, Alaafin, Soun preach religious harmony

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja expressed satisfaction at the conduct of peaceful elections in Nigeria, in spite of what he called “doomsday predictions of social disharmony.”
Buhari’s Sallah message to Nigerians to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fasting season was conveyed in a statement by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity.
The president commended INEC for a good job in spite of the initial difficulties and praised the voters for their tenacity and strong faith in the democratic process.
“Before the 2019 General Elections, prophets of doom didn’t give the country a chance to conduct peaceful elections. Despite these fears, the country overcame its political challenges.
“For abandoning their businesses in order to vote, the voters had demonstrated great patriotism in coming out to exercise their civic duty.
“Let me use this opportunity once again to reassure all Nigerians that your sacrifices in voting for me won’t be in vain.
“I will ensure the ordinary voters feel the positive impact of government.’’
Turning to the lessons of the Ramadan, Buhari urged Muslims to always put humanity before personal interests.
According to him, the Ramadan period is meant to reinforce Muslims spiritually, therefore, they should use religion as an inspiration to do good at all times.
“The virtues of the Ramadan should be sustained beyond the celebration. Going back to bad ways after the Ramadan might defeat the essence of the message and lessons the fasting period was supposed to inculcate in the hearts and minds of the Muslim faithful,’’ he said.
Buhari also used the occasion to commiserate with victims of terrorism, kidnapping and banditry in the country.
He reassured Nigerians that under no circumstances would criminals and mass murderers be allowed to hold the country to ransom.
“Their days are numbered because this administration will pursue them relentlessly and bring them to justice,’’ he said
Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, also congratulated Muslim faithful on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast.
Saraki’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement in Abuja on Monday by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.
He said the successful observance of the fast and the resultant celebration of Eid-el-Fitri was a great spiritual achievement for Muslim faithful.
Saraki further stated that the prayers and sacrifices of Muslims during the period contributed greatly to the relative peace across the country in the past one month.
He further urged Muslims to pray fervently and not relent in displaying the virtues of discipline, restraint, discretion, piety and good neighbourliness.
The senate president urged Nigerians to use the period to work towards the enthronement of sustainable peace, security and economic well-being of the country.
“Our greatest challenges as a nation are insecurity and economic crises, there is need for the government and the citizenry to cooperate in solving these problems.
“ Looking at the security front, although we acknowledge the emergence of new threats, we believe that our security forces have all it takes to tackle them,” he said.
He said the security challenges in the country saddled every citizen with the responsibility of working to ensure full restoration of peace and security.
“The war against insecurity can only be won through sincere and collective effort of all Nigerians through synergy with security agencies.
“I believe that doing so will provide a conducive business environment that will encourage investments and the creation of jobs for our people,” he said.
Former Governor of Abia State and Senator-elect,
 Abia North Senatorial District, Dr. Orji Kalu,
 felicitated with the Muslim community on the successful
 completion of the compulsory Ramadan
 fast.
  While urging Muslim
 faithful to sustain the teachings of the holy Quran and the
 exemplary qualities of
 Prophet Mohammed (Peace be Upon Him) beyond the holy month
 of Ramadan, Kalu condemned
 perpetrators of hate campaign in the country, noting that
 the unity of Nigeria is not
 negotiable.
 
 The former governor, who
 commended spiritual leaders for promoting peaceful
 co-existence among Nigerians
 despite religious, political and ethnic differences,
 admonished Nigerians to
 imbibe the spirit of selflessness and patriotism in their
 pursuits.
 
 In a statement signed by
 his media office on Monday, Kalu urged Muslims to celebrate
 Eid-el-Fitr with
 people of other religious faiths.
 
 He said, “I join
 our Muslim brothers and sisters across the globe to
 celebrate yet another
 Eid-el-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan
 fast.
 
 “Let us uphold and sustain the
 virtues of the holy month in our
 endeavours.
 
 “We must demonstrate
 piety, brotherliness, selflessness, forgiveness and
 patriotism in our daily activities as enshrined in the holy
 Quran. 
 
 “Nigeria, as a heterogeneous
 country, is blessed and as such Nigerians must live in peace
 and harmony
 regardless of religious, political and ethnic
 differences”.
 
 The former governor,
 while urging the Muslim Ummah to offer prayers for leaders
 at all levels of
 government, admonished the political class to make life
 meaningful for
 Nigerians.
 
 Kalu wished Muslims a  hitch-free Sallah celebration.
 The Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade 111, called on Muslims to sustain the virtues of the Holy month of Ramadan in their daily pursuits.
According to the monarch, Islam is a religion of peace and harmony and as such, people of Islamic faith must follow the teachings of the Holy Quran.
While appealing to people at the helm of affairs to make life meaningful for Nigerians, the paramount ruler urged Nigerians to be law-abiding and steadfast.
In his sallah message signed by his private secretary, Toyin Adamu, Oba Oyewumi congratulated the Muslim community on the completion of the obligatory ramadan fast.
He said, “as we mark yet another Eid-el-Fitr, I celebrate with our muslim brothers and sisters on this occasion.
” We appreciate Allah for granting us the grace to witness this celebration.
“As muslims, we must uphold the virtues of Islam by demonstrating the exemplary qualities of Prophet Mohammed (SAW) in our lives.
” May Allah give us the opportunity to witness many more celebrations in life”.
The monarch while admonishing Nigerians to embrace good moral values, called on politicians to lead their followers with the fear of Allah, adding that Nigerians deserve quality standard of living.
Oba Oyewumi wished the Muslim Umrah a rewarding Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola
Adeyemi 111, enjoined religious leaders in the country to commit all the resources at their disposals into realising the goals of
reaching the hopeless and those whose faith in the saving power of God
is ebbing incessantly.
Oba Adeyemi stated this in the Id-El-Fitri message issued by his Chief Press Officer, ‘Bode Durojaiye.
He noted that regardless of the faults some people find with religion,
it still remains one of the fortresses where one can draw succour.
According to him, ‘’it is still the sanctuary where the hopeless
receive the ministration of hope. The present global condition, in all
its acutely disturbing realities, reveals a world in need of dire
divine intervention’’.
‘’It is a world where human efforts in providing relief and peace are
increasingly becoming inadequate. The challenge, therefore, is for
those who bear the light of salvation to reach out to the lost. This
is one important duty that Islam, Christianity and Traditional
Religion demand of adherents’’
While pointing out that the decision to accept the message of
salvation is voluntary and personal, the paramount ruler admonished
that those who seek to bring others to the knowledge of God need not
enlist the appurtenances of violence.
Said he, ‘’neither Quran nor the Bible encourages the deployment of
coercion or violence as a means of evangelising unbelievers. Killing
in the name of religions does not bring glory to God. It is against
His command and will never receive His blessing. What God wants us to
extend to unbelievers is love and the message of full and free
salvation and not bodily harm or death’’.
The royal father called on Nigerians to continue to seek the face of
God for lasting peace in Nigeria, especially in the North-Eastern axis
where life now appears, short, brutish, and nasty.
‘’Nigerians also have a duty to work for all that promotes peace and
harmonious living. Religion need not be the leading cause of death
within our borders. In unity lies the strength’’.

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