Nigerian Muslims will today join their counterparts across the globe to mark the end of Ramadan fast.
Ahead of the Eid-el-Fitri celebrations, President Muhammadu Buhari and other prominent Nigerians yesterday felicitated with Muslims and charged them to imbibe the lessons learnt during the period to develop the country.
President Buhari called on Nigerians to put in more sacrifices so that the country can be rebuilt.
In his Sallah message which he personally signed, the President congratulated Nigerians on the occasion of the end of Ramadan, calling on them to continue to exhibit the same spirit of sacrifice and self-denial associated with the month and support him to fix the country, which he noted, had been bastardised by many years of bad leadership.
The President also said that with greater hard work and patriotism, the country has a strong chance to break free from the yoke of insecurity and corruption.
“Although we have come to the end of this year’s month of Ramadan, I believe that a greater acceptance by Nigerians of its key lessons of self-denial and sacrifice will serve our dear country well as we strive to overcome our present challenges, undo the damages done by years of bad governance and accelerate the pace of national development.
“Reviewing our dire circumstances and the many missed opportunities of the past, some commentators and observers have said that this is Nigeria’s last chance to get its act together and finally begin to fulfil its God-given potential for greatness.
“While not going that far, I certainly believe that now, more than ever before, our country needs greater self-denial, sacrifice and patriotism from all of its citizens, if we are to quickly recover from our numerous problems and start moving in a positive direction,” he said.
Buhari said that he shared the feelings of those who think that “we should be moving faster. But I urge them and all Nigerians to trust that my commitment to real and positive change in our nation is as firm as ever.”
Saraki, Dogara urge prayers for national unity
In their messages, Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, charged Muslims to intensify prayers for the unity, peace and progress of the country.
Saraki, in his statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media), Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, he congratulated the Muslim ummah for the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan and celebration of Eid-el-Fitri.
He urged them to always pray for the leaders of the country as enjoined by Islam and preached in mosques during the month of Ramadan.
Dogara, who felicitated with Muslim faithful, called on them to embrace peace in the spirit of the season.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, the Speaker urged all Nigerians not to relent in praying for the peace, unity and development of the country.
Dogara said Nigerians, especially Muslims, should use the Sallah period to pray for Nigeria to overcome the multifaceted challenges facing the country.
Sultan seeks sustained help for the downtrodden
In his Eid-el-Fitri message, Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, charged the Muslim Ummah to sustain the spirit of giving to the poor beyond the period of Ramadan.
Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar in his message signed by the JNI Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, said giving to the downtrodden would assist them to celebrate the Sallah happily with other Muslims.
He urged Nigerians to reflect on the inherent lessons embedded in fasting, which include but not limited to faith, sincerity, sacrifice, humility, compassion, giving, piety and commitment.
The statement reads in part: “Taking into cognisance, that by the will of Allah, the Most High, Ramadan shall be coming to an end today, Thursday, 16th July, 2015, or tomorrow Friday, 17th July, 2015, thus marking Eid-el-Fitri, tomorrow or next tomorrow in-sha-Allah.
“Therefore, Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI under the leadership of His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto and the President-General, uses this medium to, once again thank Allah, the Most High, for sparing our lives to have observed one of the fundamental pillars of Islam i.e. the Ramadan fasting. Alhamdulillah!
“Indeed, this is a pointer to us all to reflect on the inherent lessons embedded in fasting, which include but not limited to; faith, sincerity, sacrifice, humility, compassion, giving, piety and commitment.”