Political and Religious leaders across Nigeria are felicitating with the Muslim ummah as they get set to celebrate the Eid-el-Fitri, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
During the 30-day Ramadan period which is the holiest month in the Islamic calender, muslim faithful engaged in fasting and other forms of religious observations in order to be closer to God.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in his messages urged the Muslim Ummah in the country to sustain the values and virtues which the Holy month of Ramadan taught them in the last one month.
Saraki also urged all Nigerians to remain steadfast and prayerful in the face of daunting socio-economic challenges, while also calling on thee Boko Haram insurgents and other agents of destabilisation across the country to retrace their steps and give peace a chance in the spirit of the Eid-el-Fitri.
Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy Senate President also released a felicitation message calling on Nigerian Muslims to use the occasion of the Eid-el-Fitri to pray for divine intervention in the face of the various forms of difficulties confronting the nation.
Ekweremadu called for unity and concerted efforts among Nigerians, irrespective of their various religious, tribal and political inclinations.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, also called on Muslims to use the period of Eid- el- Fitri to pray for Nigeria to overcome its present challenges.
The Speaker also called for prayers for the success of the country’s leadership under President Muhammadu Buhari for God to continue to guide, give him the wisdom to steer the affairs of the state and actualise the change agenda.
Dogara further affirmed the National Assembly’s commitment to upholding the tenets of democracy and championing the cause of the electorates at all times.
In the same vein, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, Sa’ad Abubakar III, also urged the Muslim community to pray fervently against all forces against the economic well-being of Nigerians.
Abubakar, speaking through the Secretary-General, Jama’atu Nasrl Islam, Khalid Abubakar-Aliyu, advised Muslims to live a good life as every man shall account for their actions and inaction during and after the Ramadan.
The Sultan on Monday night declared that Wednesday, June 6, will be the day for the Eid-el-Fitri celebration due to non-sighting of the moon on Monday.
Niger State governor, Abubakar Bello in his own Eid-el-Fitri message said the situation in the country now calls for more sacrifice on the part of the leaders and the led, stressing that there is a reward for every sacrificial effort.
He called on all Nigerians, especially citizens of Niger State to be optimistic as the on-going economic meltdown would soon become history.
“This year’s Eid el-Fitr has come at a very critical time in the history of our beloved State and indeed Nigeria and for us to effectively weather the storm now, we as a people, must be ready to make some sacrifices for a reward of better tomorrow,” Governor Bello said.