Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has congratulated residents of the territory, especially the Muslims for the success of the Ramadan season, which culminated in today’s Eid-el-fitr celebration.
A statement released yesterday in Abuja by the Deputy Director, Press, Hazat Sule Muhammad, noted that the FCT Permanent Secretary, Engr. John Chukwu, while congratulating FCT Muslim community on the Sallah celebration, charged them to pray for the nation, praying for wisdom of God and clear direction to guide the actions of the President.
He urged them to also use the occasion to reflect on the lessons learnt during the preceding month of Ramadan and continue to imbibe its teachings in their daily lives, which are premised on selflessness, sacrifice, patience, modesty and spirituality.
His words: “I enjoin you all to continue to pray for the nation as it strives to overcome the current security and infrastructural challenges in some parts of the country.”
He also enjoined all Nigerians, irrespective of our religious belief and political inclination to continue to live in peace and harmony with one another, advising them to be their brothers’ keeper.
The Permanent Secretary used the occasion to admonish residents to shun crime and criminal activities by reporting any suspicious movement to the law enforcement agents, thereby making the Federal Capital Territory a better place.
In a related development, the Trade Union Congress, TUC, in a statement signed by the President and General Secretary, Comrades Bobboi Bala Kaigama and Musa Lawal called on Nigerians, especially the Muslims, to make necessary commitment to see every Nigerian irrespective of religious orientation as brothers and sisters. “This is because it is the only way the country can move forward.”
They asserted that this is the time to show love for one another, taking into cognizance the fact that we all have a challenge. “This is the time for us as a country to submit ourselves to the will of Allah in the belief that only Him can help to overcome the challenges no matter how difficult they may appear at the moment.”
For the labour leaders, the crux of the lessons in Ramadan celebration include; the readiness to make sacrifices in the interest of others, willingness to fulfill promises and to implement agreements, reiterating that the celebration should humble every Muslim in particular and Nigerians in general in their service to the public.
“One of the things fasting does is that it humbles you and helps check acts of ungodliness. But rather unfortunately what we have had over the years is that people take the garb of sainthood during fasting but become otherwise on its completion. The leadership of our dear country and politicians has a lot to learn here. This is the period our words and deeds must correlate.”

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