THE National Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu, former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Minister-Designate, Babatunde Fashola have during the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations urged Nigerians to embrace unity, peace, love and justice in order to build a stronger nation.
Ekweremadu, in his Eid-el-Kabir message Sunday to Muslims called on them to follow the examples of total obedience to God and love for one’s neighbour as set by Prophet Ibrahim.
He also enjoined all Nigerians to pursue the virtues of justice and unity, noting that no country could make an appreciable progress without such virtues among the leaders and the citizens.
In the message signed by Uche Anichukwu, his media adviser, Ekweremadu stated: “I urge Nigerians to unite across ethnic, political, and religious lines to move the nation forward, for no kingdom divided against itself ever makes the desired progress.
“Let me also call on our Muslim brothers and sisters to seize the opportunity of this Sallah cerebration to pray for the peace, unity, and progress of the nation. Importantly, let us pray for justice in the land, for with justice and equity, much of the ills and challenges facing our society will be overcome.”
Tinubu, who spoke to newsmen after the Eid-el-Kabir prayers in Lagos, said that Nigerians should learn to embrace peace, demonstrate love, eschew hate and be tolerant of one another.
“Differentiation and stagmatisation is not going to help the country at this stage of our life as a nation.
“What today teaches is all about sacrifices that we all must make, to really have our prayers answered.
“No one was able to dictate to whom he would be born to, how you would be born and where he would be born. We are proud Nigerians and that is what should be paramount.
“Let us be proud of our country, dedicate ourselves to the growth and prosperity of our country.
“Yes, if we say things are hard, it means we will work harder to make it better, not to destroy what our founding fathers have done and put together in the spirit of one nation and one destiny.”
He advised Nigerians not to forget the part of the first stanza of the old nation’s national anthem which states: “Though tribes and tongues may differ, in brotherhood we must stand”.
Former governor of Lagos State, Fashola said: “This is the time to sacrifice, to get behind our leaders and to come together among ourselves to build our country and make it what we expect it to be.”
The Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Sulaiman Abou Nolla, In his message said: “The Imam had said it clearly: it is enough of all these killings. It is enough of these kidnappings and it is enough of all the bad things.
“So, if anybody says Allah Akbar and you kill somebody, it’s either you are insane or you don’t understand Islam. Islam is a religion of peace.
“So, the message to all Lagosians and to Nigerians is that we must live peacefully. All the religions–Christianity, Islam preach peace. We should live in peaceful environment.
According to the deputy governor, Obayemi Hamzat, without peace, no progress and development can be achieved by anybody.
“So, the fundamental thing is peaceful co-existence among all of us whether Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo or whatever.
“We must love one another and help each other. I believe if we live in tolerance, definitely, we will be able to build a nation of our own.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Muslim faithful in their hundreds converged at the prayer ground for the religious ritual.