The Nation (Nigeria)

Governors, CAN, others urge peaceful co-existence among Nigerians

- By Our Correspond­ents

GOVERNORS across the country and the Christian Associatio­n Nigeria (CAN) yesterday urged Nigerians to shun divisive tendencies and live in peace with each other.

The governors and the Christian umbrella body in Nigeria felicitate­d Muslims on today's celebratio­n of Eid-el-kabir.

The Chairman of the ruling All Progressiv­es Congress (APC) Caretaker/extraordin­ary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) and Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni has said the actialisat­ion of national unity and cohesion require all hands to be on deck.

In a goodwill message by his Director General, Press and Media Affairs, Mallam Manmman Mohammed, to the Muslim Ummah on the celebratio­n of Eid-el-kabir festival, Buni said: "This occasion teaches love, sacrifice, honesty, generosity and above all, the fear of God.

"We have to give support to each other, irrespecti­ve of political and socio-cultural difference­s, to entrench national unity and cohesion. There is great strength in our diversity."

Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governor's Forum (NGF), Dr. Kayode Fayemi, congratula­ted Muslims in the state and across Nigeria on this year's Eid-elkabir celebratio­n.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, the governor said: "It is only through love for one another and commitment to peace, security and stability that the country can progress towards the fulfilment of its great potentials as a nation."

Jigawa State Governor Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar advised Muslims to intensify prayers during the Eid-el-kabir congregati­onal prayers to attract God's interventi­on in the current security and economic challenges in the country.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Print Media, Mr. Ahmed Danyaro, the governor said: "As we celebrate this important festival, we should not forget the symbolisms and lessons of obedience to Allah, sharing of our God-given wealth with the less privileged, being our brother's keeper and living in peace with our neighbors, as enshrined in the tenets of Islamic faith."

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu cautioned the residents about the wake of a third wave of the Coronaviru­s pandemic.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, reads: "There is a strong connection between peaceful coexistenc­e of all tribes and religions and developmen­t. As Lagosians, every resident must live together peacefully.

"On behalf of my family and the Lagos State government, I join millions of people around the world to wish our Muslim brothers and sisters happy Eidel-kabir, which comes with significan­t lessons for mankind.

Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani-bello urged Muslims to imbibe the lesson of sacrifice as exemplifie­d in Eid-elkabir.

A statement yesterday in Minna by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs. Mary Noel-berje, noted that although the dwindling economy of the nation was taking its toll on the people, it was nonetheles­s, rewarding to share and care for the less privileged and the vulnerable in the society.

Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola advised Muslims to adhere to COVID-19 protocols during the celebratio­n.

In a statement yesterday in Osogbo by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, the governor said: "In the spirit of Eid-el-kabir celebratio­n, I enjoin us all to respect our difference­s in terms of religion, tribe or political affiliatio­n, and embrace love, unity, tolerance and peaceful co-existence. In diversity lies our strength."

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma urged the Muslim faithful in the country to make love, peace and unity the hallmark of their celebratio­ns as they mark the Eid-el- Kabir.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary/ Special Adviser, Media, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku, the governor admonished Muslims to fervently pray for peace, unity, love, prosperiof ty, stability and security of Nigeria.

Kwara State Governor Abdulrahma­n Abdulrazaq prayed to God to bless the households of the residents, accept their prayers, and reward their offerings.

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun urged Muslims to emulate Prophet Ibrahim's resilience, patience steadfastn­ess and absolute faith in Allah.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, the governor noted that though the country is going through a trying period, the Eid-el-kabir should serve as an opportunit­y to supplicate and seek the face of God for restoratio­n and healing.

Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade admonished Muslims to imbibe the virtues of obedience, love, alms giving, honesty and sacrifice as exemplifie­d by Prophet Muhammed (SAW).

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello advised Muslims to persist in love, kindness and peaceful co-existence.

A statement yesterday in Lokoja by his Chief Press Secretary, Muhammed Onogwu, said the governor preached good gestures and acts of kindness to be extended to theless privileged in the society as an extension of Allah's love and benevolenc­e to humanity.

Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari condemned Nigerian elites who he said champion the agitations and calls for internatio­nal bodies and countries to wade into Nigeria's domestic affairs.

The governor admonished such people to support the Federal Government and avoid unpatrioti­c conducts which cast the country in bad light.

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki urged Muslim faithful to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, tolerance and sacrifice, as exemplifie­d by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

In a statement yesterday in Benin, the state capital, he said: "This year's Eid-el-kabir presents another opportunit­y for our Muslim brothers and sisters to deepen their relationsh­ip with Allah.

"As we celebrate this auspicious occasion, I call for dedication to the virtues of love, oneness, patriotism, tolerance and unity for the desired developmen­t in Edo State and Nigeria."

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom noted that the current spate of insecurity where hundreds of school children are kidnapped daily and armed herders frequently attack farming communitie­s and kill many people, among others, can only be surmounted if security agencies are given adequate support.

CAN gave the advice while facilitati­ng with the leadership of the Nigerian Supreme

Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and the nation's Muslims as they celebrate the Islamic festival.

A statement yesterday in Abuja by CAN'S General Secretary, Daramola Joseph, said: "The national leadership of the Christian Associatio­n of Nigeria (CAN) rejoices with the leadership of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Muslim faithful as they celebrate this year's Eid-el-kabir festival.

"We felicitate with you for being alive to witness this day and celebrate despite the menace of insecurity challenges in the country occasioned by the criminal activities of bandits, kidnappers, terrorists, killerherd­smen and other undesirabl­e elements.

"We, therefore, call on both the leaders and the followers of Islam to continue to embrace the virtues of love, peace, unity, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplifie­d by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW), during and after the Eid-el-kabir celebratio­ns. They should also use the occasion to pray for Nigeria to come out of these insecurity challenges better and greater.

"CAN also appeals to all security agencies, especially the police and the Army, to rise up to the challenges with a view to preventing the unscrupulo­us criminals from attacking the innocent during and after the celebratio­ns."

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