Lagos and Ekiti States Governors, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Kayode Fayemi have urged the Muslims Ummah and Nigerians to continue to uphold lessons the festival offers.
The governors in their statements noted that Islamic faith is a peaceful religion and Nigerians should live by the principles of the religion.
The Governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, said the Eid-el-Kabir festival commemorates Prophet Ibraheem’s willingness to sacrifice his son in deference to the will of God. He urged Muslim faithful and adherents of other faiths to always emulate this level of obedience to higher authority in their daily activities.
Dr Fayemi who noted that love, loyalty and sacrifice are the hallmarks of the festival urged the Muslims Ummah to continue to uphold these lessons after the festival.
He urged the Muslim faithful and adherents of other faiths in the country to make peaceful coexistence their watchword and work together for a more peaceful and prosperous Nigeria, which would be the delight of all.
“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”, he said.
Governor Sanwo-Olu in his own message said there is strong connection between peaceful coexistence of all tribes and religions and development, noting that as Lagosians, every resident must live together peacefully.
“Eid al-Adha has become a symbolic event in the history of mankind, following the events that led to the sacrifice by Prophet Ibrahim, who held tenaciously to his faith in God despite his unpleasant circumstances at the time.
“The festival, therefore, reminds us that there will always be great rewards when we have abiding faith and patience in trying periods; persistence in prayers and tenacity in our belief, as well as sacrifice for the progress of mankind and development of our society,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu while seeking Lagosians’ support for development and growth of Lagos State, urged residents to support his government’s efforts in building a ‘Greater Lagos’ that will work for all through the THEMES developmental agenda of his administration.