The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, and his predecessor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, have urged Muslims and all Nigerians to work in unity and pray for the progress and prosperity of the country.
This was contained in different goodwill messages for the Eid-el-Kabir festival, in his message, Amosun called on Nigerians, irrespective of their religious, ethnic or political leaning, to join hands in support of the efforts of the Federal Government towards revitalising the country’s economy.
He said, “If we all come together irrespective of our religious, ethnic and political differences to contribute our own quota to the development of this country, I have no doubt in my mind that Nigeria will speedily overcome its current economic challenge.”
He added that, the very core of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration was a lesson in total obedience and selfless service as exemplified by the decision of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah.
The governor said, “If Nigerians would all imbibe values such as respect for the rule of law, selfless service and eschew all forms of corruption, then the country can quickly overcome its current challenges and come out stronger and better.”
Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, in his own message, noted that the only way for Nigeria’s survival as a nation was for all governments in the land, irrespective of their political, ethnic or religious affiliations, to initiate programmes that would contribute to the uplift of the life of the citizenry.
While he felicitated with Muslims on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir, he urged them to pray for the country against religious intolerance and other acts that threatened its unity, progress and peace.
He also called on Muslims to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice as demonstrated by Ibrahim in his willingness to sacrifice his son in line with divine injunction.
He added that such should be replicated by not only the Muslims but the generality of Nigerians to overcome the various social, economic and political challenges currently experienced in the country.
OGD in his words, “Nigerians must renew their spirit of sacrifice and patriotism and rededicate themselves to values and virtues that would promote tolerance, brotherhood and unity across the country.”
Also a former member of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Adijat Adeleye-Oladapo, in her own message, said it was only through love and peaceful co-existence that the country could attain greater heights.
Adeleye noted that the challenges currently facing the country required the efforts of all citizens to overcome, stressing that only Nigerians could solve the country’s problems.