Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, has called on Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of sacrificial giving as the nation faces tough economic challenges.
In his Sallah message in Ado-Ekiti through his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, the governor also advised religious leaders in the country not to play politics with religion.
He opined that Nigeria needs the total commitment of all to become great, saying emphasising divisive tendencies among the people at this point would not do anybody any good.
“Such divisive tendencies based on religion or ethnicity will only create gulf among us instead of bridges to connect us. Our religious leaders must also be careful not to use the bodies and people they lead to fan embers of discord by mixing religion with politics.
“We must note that this period calls for sacrifice on the part of
everybody. We must be ready to give all as Prophet Ibrahim decided to offer his son as sacrifice to Allah and he reaped the great reward of obedience. And as we celebrate, we must be sober and show moderation as well,” he said.
He also urged Muslims in the country to continue to live in harmony with people of different persuasions and always think of one Nigeria regardless of where they stay or live.
Similarly, Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Pastor Kola Oluwawole has charged Muslims to seize the period of Eid-el-Kabir to reflect on how to further foster unity among religious leanings.
Oluwawole said the quantum of human casualty that had arisen from activities of insurgents “who had been using the peaceful name of Islam to cause confusion and division in our midst calls for sober reflection at this time of celebration of a festival that signposts obedience to and love for Allah.”
These were contained in a message of felicitations the Speaker sent to Muslims through his Special Assistant (Media), Stephen Gbadamosi.
The senior pastor of the Redeemed Church counseled that none of the two dominant religions known to the nation preached hatred, adding that the traditional indigenous ones also talk about unity of humans. “As you celebrate this remarkable festival, let us all reflect on the unity of our country. No development can take place in an atmosphere of hatred, mutual suspicion and rancour. I believe that both the Bible and the Quran urge us to be at peace with fellow men.
“As I congratulate you on witnessing this year’s Sallah celebration and pray that God spare your lives to celebrate many more, I urge you to pray for love and unity in our nation and state as well as continued love of the Almighty Allah.
“I seize this opportunity also to commiserate with our brothers and sisters who lost their lives while serving Allah in the holy land of Mecca. May God accept their souls and console their families.

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