President Bola Tinubu, yesterday, urged Nigerians to have faith in God, saying the country will experience peace, stability and prosperity.
Speaking to reporters in Lagos, after observing Eid-el-Kabir supplications at Dodan Barracks prayer ground, the President stressed the need for unity and cooperation, appealing to Nigerians to eschew ethnic and religious rivalries.
Stressing that Allah would not burden the country with what it cannot bear, the President said: “I thank the Almighty for keeping us in good health till today, and pray to Him to grant us robust health and prosperity. May our sacrifices turn to prosperity. We have to make sacrifices, and that is clear. We have to.
“But Allah will not give you a burden that you cannot carry. He is there for us. We must have faith in the country, have faith in ourselves, believing that as citizens of this country, we must join hands to build the nation. No religious identity, no tribal identity, let us live with one another in joy and prosperity. Nigeria will see peace and stability.”
The President also used the occasion to pray for Nigerian troops at the frontlines of the fight against insurgency, saying it is his earnest desire and that of the nation that they emerge victorious. “God will grant peace to those of us at the warfront,” he added.
The Eid prayer, which started at 9:00 a.m., was led by Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sheikh Sulaiman Oluwatoyin Abu-Nolah. The Chief Imam later performed the obligatory slaughtering of a ram at the prayer ground, in celebration of Prophet Ibrahim’s obedience to Allah’s command.
Speaking on behalf of Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the deputy governor, Obafemi Hamzat, felicitated with Muslims across the country and in the state for the joy of Eid-el-Kabir, urging them to unite behind President Tinubu in his determination to make the nation better.
“It is our duty to pray for our leaders. We must pray for our President, that God should help him to succeed in the task before him,” Hamzat said.
The prayer was attended by Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila; National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu; former governor of Lagos State and immediate past Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, and other top government officials and politicians.
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