Muslims have been urged to emulate the obedience and tolerance of Prophet Ibrahim as they join millions globally to mark Eid al Adha.
Professor Ben Ayade, the Governor of Cross River State in southern Nigeria, urged all Muslims, particularly in Cross River to imbibe the lessons of Eid-al-Adha by being tolerant and obedient as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim to Allah.
Ayade further urged Muslims to be peaceful and respectful to constituted authorities as they celebrate the festival, assuring them that every security measures have been taken to make sure the celebration is free of any problem. “We have always been a hospitable society and we will not change. We are all Cross River people irrespective of ethnicity or religion”.
“I also advise you to use this period to pray for Nigeria and Cross River State. Pray for our dear nation to surmount the challenges of insecurity and that as a nation, we should all live in peace, unity for the socio-economic development we all seek”, stressed the Governor.
According to him, the challenges facing Nigeria today call for prayers of all Muslims and everyone. “We recently sent a contingent to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj and pray for Nigeria as our little contribution to national integration and togetherness”.
Meanwhile, Shaaban Abdullahi, the Secretary of the Hausa – Fulani community in Cross River, described the celebration as a period to share with people of other faiths.
Abdullahi, who said that the celebration would feature the slaughtering of rams in emulation of the obedience of Prophet Ibrahim to Allah, said Eid el kabir prayers would be held at three different locations in Calabar metropolis and other grounds across the eighteen local government areas of Cross River.
He said “we will converge as usual at the Cultural Centre Complex, some will be at the Abraham Odia Stadium inside the University of Calabar, and yet others particularly in the military would gather at the Nigerian Navy Central Mosque for prayers”.
“After that, we will go home, share are ram with our families, fellow believers, our neighbours and non-Muslims. The Holy Prophet encourages us to share and when we share it shows love, it shows peace, it shows that we are one people irrespective of our religious differences,” noted the Secretary.
The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had declared Monday and Tuesday public holidays to enable Muslims commemorate Eid el Kabir alongside others in the world.