Three governors of states within Nigeria’s oil rich region have urged Muslims in the region to emulate the Prophet Ibrahim by imbibing the ideals of sacrifice, peace and love.
Nyesom Wike of Rivers State in a message described Eid-el-Kabir as a season of love, peace, togetherness and sacrifice.
He urged all Nigerians to be tolerant of the diverse religious beliefs and promote national peace and development.
Wike stated: “I urge you all as you celebrate Eid-el-Kabir, which is a season of love to emulate the faith of Prophet Ibrahim.”
From Bayelsa State, Governor Seriake Dickson urged Muslims to love one another and pray for the peace and unity of Nigeria.
Governor Dickson, who gave the advice in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Francis Agbo, admonished them to mark Eid-el-Kabir by propagating brotherly love among Nigerians of all religions.
The Governor urged “Nigerians must jettison hate speeches that threaten our love, unity and peaceful co-existence.”
Commending Muslims in Bayelsa State for supporting his government, Dickson assured them of support to promote peaceful coexistence among adherents of different religions in the state.
On his part, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa called on Muslims to shun all divisive tendencies and push for the unity of Nigeria.
Governor Okowa urged them “to put aside religious and political differences and push for a united country as you mark the celebration of this year’s Eid-El-Kabir”.
He added: “I enjoin you to use this period to uphold the spiritual benefit of the celebration by extending a hand of friendship and solidarity across all divides and imbibing the spirit of sacrifice and obedience to the higher authority as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim.”
“This is an opportunity for us to reflect and pray for our nation and those in leadership positions so that God in his infinite mercy will continue to guide them as they steer the affairs of the country,” Okowa admonished.
The southern governors all pledged to continue to provide the necessary support to the Muslim communities in their states and assured them of improved security during and after the celebration.