The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase; and the Minority Caucus have rejoiced with the Muslims on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration, calling for prayers, unity and patriotism.
Gbajabiamila, in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, noted that the period calls for sacrifice and commitment to the course of Allah.
In the statement titled ‘Eid-el-Kabir: Gbajabiamila Greets Muslims, Urges Unity of Purpose,’ the Speaker called on Nigerian Muslims, especially those participating in this year’s Hajj, to redouble their prayers for the country.
The statement partly read, “At times like this, the Speaker said it is incumbent on the people to be united as one people to face the challenges confronting the country. Speaker Gbajabiamila was optimistic that with prayers, Nigeria will overcome her challenges, calling for special prayers for the peaceful conduct of the 2023 general elections.”
Wase, in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Speaker, Umar Puma, called on Muslims to use the period to offer prayers for the unity and progress of the country.
The Deputy Speaker, in the statement titled ‘Eid-el-Kabir: Wase Felicitates with Muslim, Calls for Prayers,’ said peaceful co-existence and understanding, as well as sustained prayers among citizens, were essential in the face of the current economic and security challenges in the country.
Wase said, “As we celebrate this year’s Eid-El- Fitri, let us put our country and its leadership in our prayers. Eid-el-Kabir celebration is a period of sacrifice and reflection. I urge us all to emulate the virtues of total obedience and sacrifice.”
Also, the Minority Caucus of the House called on Nigerians to use the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir to pray for the nation as well as reignite their trust in God and sense of patriotism toward nation-building.
The caucus, in a statement issued by the Minority Leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu, titled ‘Eid-el-Kabir: Minority Reps Harps on Patriotism, Selflessness,’ urged Nigerians to use the occasion to “eschew all parochial proclivities and reinforce the virtues of selflessness, love and care for one another despite the prevailing ugly economic, social and security realities we face as a nation.”
The statement partly read, “Indeed, the Eid-el-Kabir celebration presents to us, especially those in leadership positions, the divine opportunity to draw nearer to God and submit to Him in all our dealings.
“As representatives of the people, the Minority Caucus is deeply pained by the agony, anguish and excruciating hardship that Nigerians have been subjected to in the last seven years. We, therefore, urge leaders in every sector of life to use the Eid-el-Kabir to rededicate themselves to the demands of transparency, accountability, fairness and full adherence to the Rule of Law in serving only the interest and wellbeing of the people as such is the only way to guarantee a peaceful, stable and prosperous nation that we all yearn for.”
The caucus also called on Nigerians to use the occasion to share and show love to one another, “especially those who are hurting as victims of the worsening insecurity in our country.”
The opposition lawmakers further urged “those behind the mindless acts of terrorism in our country to have a rethink and in the spirit of the Eid-el-Kabir, release our compatriots in their captivity so that they can reunite and celebrate with their families.”
The caucus added, “We also call on President Muhammadu Buhari not to relent but redouble his efforts in ensuring the security of lives and property during the festive period and afterwards.”