Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has sent message of felicitations to Muslims in Delta State, Nigeria and all over the world on the occasion of the 2016 Eid-el-Fitr celebrations.
Governor Okowa in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu, and made available to newsmen in Asaba yesterday enjoined all Muslim faithful in Delta State and Nigerians in general to extend the spiritual benefits of Ramadan, which are love, peace and justice to their daily living and through this contribute to the development of the nation.
According to the governor, “I felicitate with all Nigerians, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters on the auspicious occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitri celebrations. I congratulate all of our countrymen and women who have successfully undertaken the purifying Ramadan fast”.
“As we celebrate Eid-el-Fitri, it is my hope and prayer that Ramadan’s spiritual lessons and the Holy Prophet’s teachings of piety, love, justice, fairness, equity, peaceful co-existence with others, tolerance, honesty and dedication to duty will remain with us all for the benefit and greater glory of our dear nation.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta State, I extend our warmest wishes to Muslims in Delta State, Nigeria and around the world celebrating Eid-el-Fitr. As Muslims celebrate Eid across Nigeria, it is important to remind Nigerians of the importance of respecting those of all faiths and beliefs”, he stated.
In Lokoja, the Kogi state capital, Governor, Alh. Yahaya Bello has charged Muslims to restore peace in the war- torn areas of the world in order to achieve economic stability.
In a message through his Chief Press Secretary, Kingsley Fanwo, the Governor said Ramadan represents the sacrifice of Moslem faithful that submitted to Allah’s will, stressing that they should continue to pray for peace around the world.
He said the economic turmoil and wars ravaging parts of the world are challenges on the global Muslim community, adding that they shpuld prove to the world that Islam is a religion of peace by leading global efforts at enthroning peace and stability.
“We owe the world peace, progress and prosperity. As we made sacrifices during the Ramadan, Moslems should continue to pray for peace around the world because Islam is a religion of peace. I also urge Nigerians to support the anti-corruption crusade of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration as every religion abhors corruption and oppression of the poor and the vulnerable segment of the society”, he said.
“My election to the position of governorship at a time like this is a call to service by Allah to serve the people of Kogi State with the fear of God and dedication to the ideals that will help build an egalitarian society. To this, I am resolutely committed. I thank the civil servants in the State for their steadfastness and sacrifice throughout the period of the staff verification exercise, which crept into the Ramadan fasting, he expressed.
He said he felt the pains of civil servants, urging them to consider it the sacrifice that will set the payrolls free from the stranglehold of ghost workers who have made it impossible for the state to move forward.
“Having received the reports of the staff verification committee, we shall swing into action to ensure that your sacrifices are not wasted. My government will continue to accord labour its due recognition as partners in progress in our effort to broaden our socio-economic frontiers through the New Direction blueprint, he stressed.
In Kwara, State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has called for tolerance, perseverance, and love for one another as basis for a peaceful and prosperous society.
Ahmed, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, noted that honesty, resilience and piety are critical lessons of Ramadan which are also crucial for societal growth.
The Governor, who urged kwarans to see the current national economic travail as transitory, assured them that the future is bright and promising.
Gov Ahmed encouraged religious leaders to continue to preach the message of peace and religious tolerance among the citizenry “so we can harmoniously build a great nation”.
He prayed Allah to reward all the good deeds that have been done in the holy month in multiple folds and wish all Muslim ummah more wisdom and piety to witness more of the holy month.
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In a similar vein, the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara State Traditional Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari has called on all Nigerians to utilize the period of the completion of this year’s Ramadan fasting to move closer to God and pray for the great potentials of the nation by fostering peace, security and stability among the entire citizenry.
Sulu-Gambari, who stated this in his pre-Eidul-Fitr Sallah press statement issued in Ilorin yesterday by the National Secretary of Shehu Alimi Foundation for Peace and Development, Mallam Abdulazeez Arowona, sued for peaceful co-existence in the nation.
According to him, “Nigeria will make quicker progress towards the fulfillment of its great potentials as a nation if its citizens foster peace, security and stability which are essential for development by showing greater love, respect and humility for national safety and maintenance of public law and order.”
Alhaji Sulu-Gambari urged Nigerians especially Kwarans to ensure that the lessons of commitment, dedication, tolerance and obedience learnt during the month of Ramadan continue to reflect in their daily conducts with their fellow human-being towards a greater Nigeria.
In Jos, the Plateau state capital, Governor Simon Lalong felicitated with the entire Muslim Ummah in the State and Nigeria, on the occasion of the successful completion of the Ramadan Fast and celebration of Eid-El-Fitri.
Lalong, in his message signed by his director of Press and Public Affairs Emmanuel Nanle and made available to newsmen yesterday urged the Muslim Ummah to reflect on the significance of the religious obligation, by putting to use the spiritual lessons learnt during the period of the 30-days Ramadan fast, in consolidating on the Peace the State is enjoying.
He stressed that the virtues of sacrificial love for humanity in giving arms to the poor and needy, will reflect the gratitude of the Moslem faithfuls to Allah for their fulfillment of one of the Pillars of Islam.
The Governor also tasked the Moslem Ummah to use the occasion of Eid-el-Fitri to sustain their prayers for the peace and unity of Nigeria as a whole, adding that the Plateau State Government has put all machinery in place, to ensure the security of lives and property of all during this celebration and beyond.
The Governor while wishing the Moslems a peaceful and memorable Sallah celebration urged all, to maintain law and order during the celebration.
In the meantime, Nasarawa State has urged Nigerian Muslims to use the spiritual lessons of the just-concluded Ramadan season as a formidable tool to rebuild the fabric of national unity and reaffirm Nigeria’s common destiny as one indivisible entity.
In a Sallah Message issued in Lafia, the state capital through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Ahmed Tukur, Governor Al-Makura expressed optimism that Nigeria would be the ultimate beneficiary of the spiritual lessons from the Ramadan season.
He said that the benefits of the spiritual lessons achieved from the fasting should be used to take a spiritual stock of their lives as a nation and reaffirm their common humanity and unity of the country.
The governor called on the citizens to build bridges of brotherhood to harness the benefits of earthly life and the ultimate purpose of creation.
He said that with prayers and fear of Allah, peaceful coexistence, mutual respect and love, Nigerians will tolerate one another, work together and be able to harness the abundant resources as a progressive nation.
On his part, the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has charged leaders and the well-to-do in the country to empathise with the poor and remember them in their policies and actions, as everybody will one day give account of their stewardship to their Creator.
Fayose, said the voice of the poor must also be heard, while those who have taken it upon themselves to be the voice of the voiceless must not be silenced.
He said this in his Sallah message to mark the celebration of this year’s Eid-el-Fitr Festival.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, the governor said, “With the hardship that Nigerians are currently going through, this is not the period to turn a deaf ear to their crying for the amelioration of their situation.
“One of the lessons of Rammadan fasting is for the privileged to also experience what the poor, who are unable to feed properly or feed at all, are going through. Hunger does not know colour or position and the situation we have on hand in the country now is a grave one.
“A situation that people are stealing pots of soup from the fireplace, a situation where people are exchanging their children for foodstuff, where a lot of people don’t have access to basic needs of life, is not one to be self-centred.
“We must truly be our brother’s keeper and those in positions of authority must not be impervious to ideas, suggestions and advice on how to move the country forward, even if they come from one’s worst political enemy. When such an advice is given, sheave it and if it is good make use of it and if not throw it away. There is no need to crucify the giver of the advice,” he said.

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