The Eid-Kabir provides a perfect time for all Nigerians, especially those of the North-East to deeply reflect on the sacrifices made by soldiers, other armed forces as well as
volunteers who gave up their lives in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram insurgents, Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima has said.
The governor stated this in his sallah message through his spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau.
Shettima said while the Eid Kabir is meant for Muslims to emulate Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) who offered to sacrifice his only son, Ismail (Isaac) in obedience to the
command of Allah out of absolute faith and selflessness, the sallah should also be used by Nigerians to take exceptional note of how many soldiers, policemen, staff of the DSS, personnel of the customs and immigration manning borders as well as civilian volunteers, particularly the civilian JTF in Borno and hunters across the North-East offered their lives in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in order to secure the lives of other Nigerians.
The governor said all those who offered their lives not only acted selflessly but also demonstrated so much faith in the Nigerian project, because they fought and died for their country against the perpetrators of evil.
Shettima called on Muslims in Borno State and across the country to use the sallah period to acknowledge the sacrifices made by these patriotic Nigerians and pray for the repose of their souls.
He also called on citizens who live around families of any killed soldier, other security men, youth volunteers and hunters to make out special time to visit survivors of
these heroes, condole with them and extend kind gestures to them in a very respectful manner.
“If we examine the Eid-Il-Fitr, we will notice three key lessons: faith, sacrifice and selflessness, all of which were exhibited by our noble Prophet Ibrahim (Alaihi Salam) whose level of faith was well acknowledged by the Holy Quran and the Bible as well. In obedience to Allah’s command, Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) was ready to slaughter the only son he got at very old age, which showed uncommon faith.
“The son, Prophet Ismail (Alaihi Salam) was also willing to be slaughtered in obedience to his father and that showed sacrifice. For Allah’s intervention by ordering Prophet Ibrahim to slaughter a ram instead, Muslims now emulate that by sacrificing ram in the
Eid-el-Kabir and in doing that, Muslims part with their funds to buy rams and make sacrifices to demonstrate faith and some portions of the meat are meant to be shared to the needy by way of selflessness.
“For me, the whole lessons in this Sallah are perfect for us to remember the manner
in which our soldiers in the military, policemen and women, men of the DSS, Customs, Immigration, Civil Defence, Civilian JTF and hunters gave their own lives mainly to keep Nigerians safe and to secure Nigerian territories from permanent occupation by insurgents.