Nigerians, particularly Muslims have been enjoined to imbibe spirit of Godliness, tolerance, perseverance and sacrifice as perquisite for peaceful co-existence in the country.
The Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, Mudashiru Obasa gave the advice in his Sallah message to Nigerians in celebration of this year’s Eid-el-Adha festival.
Obasa who is also the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly said; “We should imbibe the spirit of Godliness, perseverance and tolerance displayed by Prophet Ibrahim, his son, Ismail and wife, Hajarat. They did not waiver in their belief in God. They persevered in the face of the difficulty posed by the decision to sacrifice their only child. The son on his part was tolerant enough to present himself for sacrifice. These are the qualities we need to maintain peaceful co-existence among us.”
“Our strength as a country is in our diversity. We are group of people with varying tribal and religious backgrounds but we are committed to achieving a common purpose which is excellence. Therefore we must eradicate every form of rancor and discord among us…We must understand and respect our differences and we must tolerate one another in order to maintain peace and security of life and properties, ’’ he said.
Obasa urged Nigerians to be thankful for life, as it is the biggest gift anyone can have.
“Let us remain thankful to Allah for good health and well being. When there is life, there is hope for a brighter future. Our challenges are surmountable and our problems have solutions,” he stated.
Obasa noted that the spirit of Eid-el-Kabir extols the virtue of sacrifice and enjoined Nigerians to rededicate themselves to service, saying it is only through dedication to national service that “we can build the desired nation.”
While commending the people for supporting the All Progressives Congress (APC) at all levels of government, the Chairman of Conference of Speakers urged them to patiently await the fulfillment of of all the promises made to them.
“The government is committed to serving the people and ensuring that everyone enjoys the dividends of democracy. We are grateful for your support and cooperation so far but I urge you not to relent in supporting government at all levels,” Obasa said.