The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has felicitated with Muslims in Nigeria on the occasion of the 2022 Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Leakblast.com reports that Muslims across the country and the world would celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir on Saturday, July 9 and 10 which falls at the weekend.
The federal government in this regards declared Monday, 11th and Tuesday, 12th July 2022, as public holidays for the annual Sallah celebration.
In a press release on Friday, Atiku who is seeking to become Nigeria’s number one citizen come 2023, congratulated the Muslim Ummah, urging them to use the holiday period to reflect on the state of the nation.
The Waziri Adamawa in the press release made available to Naija News, stressed that the essence of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration is to offer sacrifice, express and extend love, and hope for peaceful coexistence in the country and the world at large.
Atiku’s Sallah day message reads: “I congratulate Muslims in Nigeria and across the world on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
As we celebrate, I wish to remind that the essence of the celebration of the Eid-el-Kabir is about sacrifice, love, and hope for a peaceful coexistence in our dear country, and the world at large.
The purpose of the celebration has a bold reflection on Nigeria. Our country is broken and insecurity has become a daily menace staring all our compatriots in the face.
The hardships in the land and the harrowing experiences that people go through to survive, and the pervasive lack of unity amongst Nigerians, are the reasons why we must do a sober reflection on the State of our Nation, as we mark this year’s Sallah.
Therefore, selfless sacrifice and communal love as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim and his son, Ishmael, should guide us, as we submit ourselves and needs to the Will of Allah.
If we emulate the righteousness and great virtues of the Holy Prophet, mankind shall no doubt receive the reward of Allah’s love and mercy.
Atiku also encouraged the privileged and wealthy ones amongst the Muslims to intensify their acts of charity to the less privileged, saying there is love in sharing.
He added: “Let’s work in concert to purposefully lessen the hardship facing our brothers and sisters. Let’s love our neighbors as ourselves.
“I wish to also task the government at all levels to play its Constitutional role, by being upright and dutiful and prioritize the needs of the people they have taken an oath to serve. The unity, security and development of our country is sacrosanct.
“The expression of love and sacrifice symbolized by the Eid-el-Kabir celebration has a strong effect in the relationship between the government and the governed. It is incumbent on the government to optimally discharge its responsibilities to the people. It is only when this is done that there can be love between the government and the governed.
“Love is a pre-condition for God’s mercies and blessings, and truth must guide all relationships, especially between the government and the people.
“As stakeholders, the citizens too, should take a lesson from the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir by being up and doing in their civic responsibilities.
“As we inch towards the deadline on the on-going voter registration exercise, the people must ensure that they play their roles by not just getting their Permanent Voters Card (PVC), but casting their votes for the best candidates in the election next year.
“Above all, I pray for peace during and after the Eid celebration even as I task Nigerians to work even harder in ensuring unity of all peoples, tribes and faiths in the country.”
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