Jonathan, Mark, governors preach national transformation, unity at eid-el-fitr President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated all Nigerians of the Islamic faith who have successfully completed the month-long Ramadan fast.
President Jonathan also thanked all Moslems in the country who
responded to calls by him and other leaders for special prayers during the Ramadan for greater peace, security and progress in Nigeria.
The President joined them and all other patriotic citizens in the
pious expectation that God Almighty will hearken to the supplications
of the faithful and bless Nigeria even more abundantly with peace,
political stability and national prosperity.
The statement, signed by presidential aide, Dr. Reuben Abati, added:
“President Jonathan seizes the opportunity of the Eid-el-Fitri
celebrations to reassure all Nigerians of his resolute commitment to
overcoming all distractions and delivering on his promise of good
governance and national transformation.
“The President assures Nigerians that his Administration will continue working tirelessly to build on the firm foundations for sustainable national development which it has already established in key areas such as public infrastructure, power supply, roads, transportation, aviation, agriculture, education, healthcare, youth employment and electoral reform.
President Jonathan also urges other elected officials at all levels of governance to avoid overheating the polity with unnecessary ethnic and political intrigues, and give the highest priority to fulfilling their promises of better living conditions for the electorate first, before turning their minds to plans and permutations for future elections.
“As they celebrate Eid-el-Fitri and the end of Ramadan, the President
urges Nigerians to continue to support the present Administration in
every possible way to ensure that the country continues to make steady progress towards the successful implementation of its agenda for positive national transformation.
“He wishes all Nigerians happy Eid-el-Fitri celebrations.”
The Kwara State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, has urged Muslims to
make enduring the lessons of kindness, fear of God and spirit of
sharing with the needy imbibed during the holy month of Ramadan.
Ahmed gave the admonition in his eid-il-fitr message, signed by his
Chief Press Secretary, Alhaji Abdulwahab Oba, to Muslims on the
completion of the month long fasting.
According to him, if Muslims do not make the lessons of Ramadan fast a lasting experience through sustained devotion to Allah, upholding the teachings of the Quran and the holy prophet, the Ramadan fast would be an exercise in futility.
“It is imperative that Muslim faithful, especially those fortunate
enough to be in positions of authority, translate the culture of
piety, devotion and total submission to the will of Allah towards
ensuring a society free of want, poverty and hunger,” he counseled.
Ahmed advised Muslims, and indeed Nigerians, to shun all forms of
vices that could hinder harmonious existence with people of other
He added: “We must continue to appreciate that our strength as a
people lie in our ethnic and religious diversities.
“Hence, we should maximize the inherent advantages in such diversities through understanding and respect of the essence of the different faiths.”
Reminding muslims to celebrate the eid-il-fitr with moderation, Ahmed
prayed “God to flood Nigeria with happiness and all the joys of life
as we celebrate another festival”.
The President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, has sent a message of felicitation to Muslims across the country as they joined their
counterparts the world over to celebrate this year’s eid-el-fitri
Mark, in a goodwill message to Muslim faithful, commended them for
their steadfastness and prayers, especially during the fasting period
for the sustenance of peace and unity in the country.
The president of the Senate for the umpteenth time called for
harmonious relationship and mutual coexistence between and among
different and ethnic groups in the country.
He said: “The Almighty God did not make mistake by putting different
ethnics and religious groups together to form a one united nation call Nigeria.
“It is therefore incumbent on all of us to work towards the peace and
unity that would engender progress in the country.
“We have come a long way as a people bound by common destiny.
“We can do better by being our brothers’ keeper at all times and
making our society a better place for all.
“All hands must therefore be on deck to stop these ugly trends of
violence and crisis of various degrees that have tended to tear our
Senator Mark pleaded with Nigerians to join hands with government in
the implementation of its policies and programmes, pointing out that
development can only thrive in an atmosphere of peace and cooperation.
He restated the resolve of the National Assembly to continue to lay a
solid legislative framework needed for the smooth delivery of the
dividends of democracy, adding: “We shall do our parts without
hesitation to ensure that nothing hinders the implementation of
government policies and programmes especially the appropriation Acts.”
Mark reminded the ministries, departments and agencies of government
to do the needful in the implementation of budgets because the
National Assembly would no longer tolerate fail implementations.
The 2011 presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria,
Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has admonished Muslim faithful in the country to
live with the lessons of the holy month of Ramadan.
In a sallah message issued by his media aide, Abdulaziz Abdulaziz,
Ribadu stated that the lessons of piety, compassion and tolerance
learnt from the month-long worship should not be discarded with the
passage of the month.
According to him, the essence of the Ramadan fasting was to cleanse
both body and soul, maintaining that leaving behind the teachings of
Ramadan once the worship is over defeats the purpose of the worship.
The former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
further charged the Muslim faithful to translate the virtues of piety
and tolerance from Ramadan to the larger Nigerian society so as to
deepen religious tolerance, understanding and charity for the needy.
The statement also quoted him as urging the Muslim faithful in the
country to use the occasion of the eid-el-fitr to pray for the country to overcome security and other challenges currently facing it.
The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has congratulated the
Muslim faithful in the state on the conclusion of the holy month of
Ramadan and the celebration of eid-el-fitr.
The governor, in his Sallah message to the people of the state, urged
Muslims to continue with the spirit of love, joy and good
neighbourliness that characterised the holy month of Ramadan.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Olayinka Oyebode, Fayemi
said the spiritual renewal and rejuvenation gained by Muslims during
the month of Ramadan would engender a better relationship with the
He equally used the opportunity to enjoin Nigerians irrespective of
their religious beliefs to live together in peace and tolerate one
another as preached by the major religions.
The governor also called for a halt to violence and killings being
witnessed in some parts of the country, stressing that no religion
sanctions unlawful killing of people.
The governor reassured the people of the state of the readiness of his
administration to preserve the peace, tranquility and religious
harmony in the state.
He commended Muslims for living in peace with adherents of other
religions, noting that the prevailing peace being enjoyed in the state has assisted his administration to record success in virtually all sectors.
He noted that prayers offered by Muslims had assisted his
administration in no small measure, promising to always partner with
adherents of the Islamic faith in the efforts to take Ekiti State to
greater heights Dr. Fayemi said: “We give glory to Allah for his infinite mercies and benevolence which saw us through the 30-day fasting, a period of self-denial, sacrifice and total submission to the will of God.
“As we celebrate this glorious moment, it is my hope that we would,
individually and collectively – as the faithful – reflect on its
significance to us in our individual endeavours and as a state.
“We should always allow the lessons learnt in the Ramadan period to
always guide us in our day-to-day activities for us to please our
Creator and be a blessing to other people we come in contact with
“My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, I am happy that the holy month of Ramadan in our dear state was observed with the highest regards for peace, love and brotherliness as stipulated by the Holy Qur’an.
“My prayer is that God will reward our obedience and submission to His will.”