Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday tasked Nigerians to love one another and be united despite the many challenges confronting the country.
In a message to congratulate Muslims on the occasion of their 2021 Eid-el-Kabir celebration, he also sued for peace, tolerance and sacrifice for a strong and prosperous nation.
While felicitating with Muslim faithful, the former president charged them to reflect on the essence of the celebration which is not only for merry-making.
Jonathan said: “I felicitate with the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria and others across the world on this year’s occasion of Eid-el- Kabir.
“I urge our Muslim brothers and sisters and all citizens to reflect on the significance of this season and apply the lessons in all aspects of our national life.
“As our nation confronts COVID-19, insecurity and other development challenges, let us imbibe the virtues of love, sacrifice and tolerance in order to build a united, peaceful and prosperous nation”.
On his part, Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has felicitated with Muslim faithful as they mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, charging them to use the period to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness.
Diri, in his Sallah message, called on Muslims to pray for the peace and unity of Nigeria as the country faces existential security threat, noting that the country was in a cross path.
The governor urged them to use the occasion to reflect on how the country has fared morally and spiritually in the last one year so as to take corrective measures where necessary.
While stressing that the religion of Islam propagates total submission to the will of Allah and peaceful coexistence amongst Muslim faithful and with adherents of other faiths, the governor tasked all Muslims to give charity out of the treasure which Allah has bestowed on them.
Diri, reiterated his administration’s commitment to continue creating the enabling environment for peaceful co-existence between Muslims and Christians in the state.
His words: “On behalf of my family, the government and good people of Bayelsa State, I wish all our Muslim brothers and sisters happy Sallah celebrations.
“Enjoy this amazing season, show love to others and remember those who need our help; may this special day bring peace, happiness and prosperity to every home”.
The State Chief Executive, who called on Muslims, irrespective of ethnic and religious backgrounds, to use this period of the celebration to consolidate on the harmonious coexistence in the state, pledged continued inclusion of their welfare in the scheme of things.
While pointing out that his administration was determined to discharge its primary responsibility of protecting the lives and property of the people, Governor Diri called on Muslims to work hand in glove with the prosperity government to sustain the peace as well as attain a secure, peaceful, prosperous and united Bayelsa State.