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Eid-el-Fitr: Tinubu, AbdulRazaq, Atiku, CAN preach unity

As Muslims in the country commemorate Eid-el-Fitr tomorrow, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State, Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Tuesday urged the citizens to cultivate the spirit of unity, peace and moral rectitude among themselves.

They said it is time for Nigerians to unite for national development.

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The calls were contained in separate statements issued on Tuesday to felicitate Muslim community on the Eid-el-Fitri festivity.

Tinubu, in the statement issued through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, tasked the citizens to come together and rededicate themselves to the noble duty of building the nation.

He prayed that the supplications and sacrifices of the just concluded Ramadan and even after would receive the fitting rewards from Almighty Allah.

“I felicitate the Muslim Ummah at Eid-el-Fitr. This is as an auspicious occasion that signifies the end of Ramadan; a hallowed season which reflects total submission to God Almighty and to His command of sacrifice and service to humankind.

“As I emphasized during an iftar with Nigeria’s leaders of thought and conscience, I appeal to all citizens to come together and rededicate ourselves to the noble duty of building the nation. We are the sculptor, and Nigeria is the clay; we build it the way we desire”, Tinubu said.

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Governor AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman wants Muslim ummah to unite

In his message, Governor AbdulRazaq called on the Muslim community to unite upon goodness and avoid anything that may eat away the rewards of their fast or question their sincerity as devotees.

The Governor, in the statement issued through his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, enjoined Muslims to make the noble activities of the holy month including alms giving, abstinence from negativities, and good conducts, an integral feature of their daily lives.

“Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq heartily rejoices with the Muslim community on the occasion of the Eid-el-Fitri, which marks the end of the Ramadan fast.

“The Governor congratulates the leader of the faithful in Kwara and Emir of Ilorin, Dr Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, on the successful completion of the fasting period.

“He asks the Muslim community to make the noble activities of the holy month — including alms giving, abstinence from negativities, and good conducts — an integral feature of their daily lives.

 

“Governor AbdulRazaq urges the community to unite upon goodness and avoid anything that may eat away the rewards of their fast or question their sincerity as devotees.

“He asks Allah to grant everyone a blessed Eid and better years ahead in the best state of faith (eeman)”, the statement reads partly.

Atiku Abubakar urges Nigerian leaders to show compassion

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on his part advised Nigerian leaders to show more compassion to the people.

In his Eid-el-fitr message signed by his Media Office in Abuja on Tuesday Abubakar congratulated Muslim faithful on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast saying that the lessons from the fasting should remain abiding, even when the holy month had passed.

“For many Nigerians who observed the mandatory Ramadan fasting , the reality of the harsh economic environment in the country put many families and individuals under intense pressure.

“But in the face of this daunting challenge, many people pulled through out of seeking piety.

 

“The completion of Ramadan should cause a reflection on those in positions of authority to show more compassion to the people.

“The requirement of forbearance and compassion between the leaders and the people are the lessons to be learnt about this year’s Ramadan, in accordance with the teachings of noble Prophet Muhammad (PBUH),” he said.

He prayed that the supplications of every believing Muslim shall be answered by God, as he wished Nigerians a blessed Eid-el-fitr holiday.

CAN celebrates Eid-el-fitr with Muslims

In his message on Tuesday, CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, implored leaders to embody moral rectitude and ethical leadership in their services to the nation.

He told them integrity, accountability, and selflessness guided leadership is essential in steering the country towards a path of sustainable development and unity.

Okoh called on Nigerians, especially Muslims to embrace peace and be united during the Eid-el-fitri celebration, pointing out that the festivity holds significant importance not only for Muslim compatriots but for the entire nation.

 

He said it is imperative that Nigerians draw inspiration from the essence of Eid-el-Fitri to foster peace, harmony, and progress in the society in the midst of diverse challenges facing the nation.

Okoh said, “The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) extends warm felicitations to our brothers and sisters of the Muslim faith as they celebrate the joyous occasion of Eid-el-Fitri. As the Muslim community marks the end of Ramadan, a period of fasting, reflection, and spiritual renewal, we join in recognizing the significance of this day and express our solidarity.

“The lessons of Eid-el-Fitri resonate strongly in our quest for a more peaceful and prosperous Nigeria. As we witness the breaking of the fast and the exchange of goodwill among friends and neighbours, let us be reminded of the power of empathy, forgiveness, and understanding in building bridges across religious and cultural divides. It is a time to reflect on our common aspirations for a society where justice, equality, and respect for one another prevail.

 

“In this spirit, CAN calls on leaders at all levels of governance to embody moral rectitude and ethical leadership in their service to the nation.

Leadership guided by integrity, accountability, and selflessness is essential in steering our country towards a path of sustainable development and unity. As we join our Muslim brothers and sisters in celebration, let us recommit ourselves to upholding the values of honesty, transparency, and equity in all our endeavours.

“CAN reaffirms its commitment to promoting interfaith dialogue, understanding, and cooperation for the greater good of our nation.

Together, let us embrace the diversity that enriches our cultural tapestry and work hand in hand towards a future where peace and prosperity reign supreme”.

 

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