SENIOR members of the National Assembly have felicitated with Muslim faithfuls on the end of their month long Ramadan Fast and the celebration of Eid-el-Fitr, as they call for relentless prayers against the coronavirus pandemic.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase and former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, enjoined Moslems to uphold the virtues of love and unity in their prayer life.
Ekweremadu, in a statement by his media adviser, Uche Anichukwu, noted that while felicitating “with our Muslim brothers and sisters on this occasion of Eid-el-Fitr, it is important to admit that this will be an unusual Sallah because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Celebrate safely, bearing in mind that this pandemic will pass and there will be more Sallah celebrations ahead.
Ekweremadu (PDP, Enugu-West Senatorial District), added that the present trying times “reminds us that we are one people, hence the need to continue to uphold the virtues of unity and patriotism.”
Gbajabiamila, on Saturday in Abuja, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, called for special prayers to end the pandemic ravaging countries worldwide.
He implored Muslims to practice the virtues of caring for the needy, and follow the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
The Speaker pointed out that although the season of Eid-el-Fitr is that of remembrance of the good things from God, “this year’s Eid-el-Fitr will be low-key, not by our own making, but that is how our Creator wills it,” as he enjoined them to return to Allah in prayers to an end to the pandemic.
The deputy Speaker, in his message by his media aide, Umar Puma, urged Muslim faithfuls to mark Sallah in peace, harmony and unity.
While urging them to follow the measures to inhibit the spread of coronavirus, he sought for prayers at Eid-el-Fitr to end the tough health challenges the nation is passing through in which many lives have even lost.
Wase reminded all Muslims to abide by the guidelines regarding worshiping in groups and live by the lessons of Ramadan.