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Friday, 26 October 2012

Let’s re-assess ourselves as we celebrate —Yuguda
Saliu Gbadamosi, Bauchi

NIGERIANS have  been admonished to use the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir to reflect on their past and re-assess, with a view to taking corrective measures where necessary, even as they are reminded that the celebration is all about sacrifice and total submission to Allah.

Bauchi State governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda, stated these in his goodwill message to the people of the state on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, stressing that Muslims in Nigeria needed to rededicate themselves to the worship of Allah.

“One of the fundamental objectives of the Eid-el-Kabir is to remind us of the importance of sacrifice and total submission to the will of Allah, as well as strengthen our will power and purify our souls. 

“We should, therefore, rededicate ourselves to the worship of Allah through prayers and rendering help to the underprivileged ones among us,” Yuguda said.

While noting that the religion of Islam propagates peaceful coexistence of human beings, Governor Yuguda called on the people of the state to use the occasion to strengthen the existing interpersonal relationship and make new ones, adding that they should imbibe the spirit of forgiveness and respect for one another.

Adeojo urges peace during festivity

THE Seriki Musulumi of Yoruba land and former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Yekini Adeojo, has called on Muslims in Nigeria to allow the tenets of the religion to reign supreme during the Eid-el-Kabir festival.

Adeojo, in a statement made available to the Nigeria Tribune by the women leader, Adeojo Vanguard, Mrs Olufunke Edwards, said “Islam is a religion of peace. At a time that our country is engulfed with the crisis of bombings and attacks all over, I want to urge all Muslims throughout the country to ensure that peace reign as we celebrate.

“The country needs our sincere demonstration of peace as Islam preaches, so I want to enjoin that we allow our fellow countrymen see this one in us as we celebrate.”

The former national deputy chairman of PDP urged politicians to see the time of the festivities as a period to end all political wranglings that had distorted the growth and peace of the country, while appealing to the Islamist fundamental group, the Boko Haram, to allow peace to reign in Nigeria.

CAN president rejoices with Muslims
Okey Muogbo, Abuja

PRESIDENT of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has sent a message of goodwill to Muslims on the occasion of this year’s sallah celebrations.

In the message, the CAN president urged Muslims to shun bigotry and harshness, which he said were alien to Islamic religion.

Oritsejafor, in a message signed by Mr Kenny Ashaka, his special assistant (media and public affairs), rejoiced with the Muslim ummah on the occasion and wished the President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar and all Muslims a happy celebration.

“At a time like this, your prayers should center on the re-establishment of the pillars of love and tolerance for which Islam is known,” he stated further.

Alao-Akala felicitates with Muslims, calls for prayers

FORMER governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, has felicitated with Muslims in the state and the country in general, over the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

Alao-Akala, in a message by his media aide, Mr Abraham Ojo, urged Muslims across all the geopolitical zones in the country to use the occasion to pray for the unity and socio-cultural integration of the country.

He also charged them to use the period of the festivity to pray for the unification and political stability of the nation and collaborate with the government at all levels to wage war against insecurity of life and property.

The former governor, however, urged Muslims to imbibe the tenets inherent in the Quran by being obedient, sincere and serve selflessly to revamp the socio-economic situ-ation of the country.

Alao-Akala, therefore, wished the Muslim ummah and the nation a hitch-free Eid-El-Kabir.

I habour no hatred against Muslims —Jang
Isaac Shobayo, Jos

PLATEAU State governor, Mr Jonah Jang, has debunked the insinuation that he hates Muslims with passion, saying that the insinuation is a figment of people’s imagination, especially those that did not know his background.

The governor, who stated this while fielding questions during a town hall meeting organised by the Minister of Information and Communication, Mr Labaran Maku, shortly after the good governance tour of Plateau State, said he haboured no malice against anybody or group on the basis of religion or tribal affiliations.

“Those insinuating that I hate the Muslims did not know my background; I was brought up by Muslims, so why should I develop hatred for them. Those behind such insinuation simply want to create bad blood for their selfish interest,” he said.     

Agboola calls for prayer, cooperation with govt
Moses Alao

EPUTY Senate Majority Whip, Senator Hosea Agboola, has congratu-lated Muslims across the country on witnessing another Eid-el-Kabir celebration, urging people to use the opportunity to pray for the country, as well as cooperate with government in ensuring the progress of Nigeria.


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