Muslims have been urged to imbibe the spirit of love, peace and sacrifice to mark Eid El Kabir.
Professor Ben Ayade of Cross River State in southern Nigeria, whose message was signed by his Chief Press Secretary and Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Cristian Ita, urged: “Imbibe the spirit of love, obedience, sacrifice and sharing that the celebration of Eid-El Kabir signifies in line with principle of Islam.”
Ayade charged Muslims and Nigerians at large to make sacrifices that would enhance the progress of the country, which he noted was currently passing through challenging times.
The Governor stated: “May I use this period of Eid-El Fitri to speak to our souls and remind us that our nation is going through challenges and all of us must play our role to overcome these challenges.”
He added: “I also urge all Nigerians to set aside all forms of religious, ethnic and tribal sentiments for the interest of unity, progress, peace and prosperity of our dear country.”
The Governor enjoined Muslims to emulate the faith of Prophet Ibrahim in the service of God, pledging to continue to provide all Nigerians residing in the State with a conducive business environment.
“Eid-el-Kabir presents an opportunity for Muslims to reflect on the faith, which Prophet Ibrahim had when he dutifully agreed to sacrifice his son in obedience to the command of Allah,” noted Ayade.
“As a government we have provided a peaceful, conducive environment for all citizens to cohabit irrespective of their religion, tribe or ethnic coloration in Cross River State,” he added.
While appreciating Muslims in Cross River for making the state their home and supporting his administration, Governor Ayade admonished them to shun acts capable of disrupting the unity, togetherness and peaceful co-existence of the country as the 2019 general elections approach.