President Muhammadu Buhari has sent Eid greetings on the occasion of Eid El-Adha that is celebrated globally on Tuesday.
In his message marking the auspicious Muslim occasion, the President restates the determination of his administration to create a just, harmonious and prosperous country in which the safety of life and property is assured.
Reflecting on current challenges facing the country, the President states that “COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the economies of all countries, including Nigeria, in addition to the fact that floods have caused large scale destruction to agricultural farmlands, thereby impacting negatively on our efforts to boost local production in line with our policy to drastically reduce food importation.”
This, he explains, has led to food inflation which the government is working hard to address.
According to President Buhari, “no government in our recent history has invested as heavily as we are doing to promote local production of about 20 other commodities, through the provision of loans and several other forms of support to our farmers.”
He says, “apart from the destruction caused to rice farms by floods, middlemen have also taken advantage of the local rice production to exploit fellow Nigerians, thereby undermining our goal of supporting local food production at affordable prices.”
“As an elected President who enjoys the goodwill of the ordinary people that gave us their mandate, let me assure you that we are continuing with measures to bring relief to Nigerians, including making fertilizer available at affordable prices to our farmers,” he tells Nigerians.
The President also notes that the current insecurity in the country “has produced severe and adverse effects on agriculture because farmers are prevented from accessing their farms by bandits and terrorists.”
“Let me also use this opportunity to reassure Nigerians that we are taking measures to address our security challenges. We have started taking delivery of fighter aircraft and other necessary military equipment and hardware to improve the capacity of our security forces to confront terrorism and banditry,” he adds.
Virtues of Islam
Speaking on the significance of the Eid El-Kabir celebration, the President appeals to Muslims “to demonstrate the good virtues of Islam through personal examples and practices:
“Taking advantage of the celebration to exploit fellow citizens through outrageous prices of food and rams is inconsistent with fine virtues of Islam.
“As practicing believers, we shouldn’t seek obscene profits by making life difficult and miserable for others. We should not seek happiness at the expense of others. Remember that Islam is a religion of charity that urges us to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.
“I urge all Muslims to continue to live in peace and harmony with their fellow Nigerians of other faiths in the spirit of peaceful coexistence. Let us pray for the progress of Nigeria at all times. Let us expose undesirable elements among us who are creating security problems for the country,” he said.
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Eid-Al-Adha: Mali’s Interim President announces escape from assailant
The Interim Mali President, Assimi Goita, a special forces colonel who orchestrated two coups in the last year, said he escaped unharmed after an assailant tried to stab him during prayers at a mosque in the capital Bamako on Tuesday.
Security agents overpowered two men in the mosque and threw one into the back of a military pickup truck, video obtained by Reuters showed, as Goita, dressed in a sky blue embroidered robe, was ringed by bodyguards.
The president’s office said investigations were ongoing. It did not immediately advance a motive for the attack, which occurred during services marking the Muslim Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) holiday at Bamako’s Grand Mosque.
Mali, the theatre of French-supported operations against al Qaeda and Islamic State-linked insurgents for a decade, was thrown into political turmoil after a military junta led by Goita toppled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August 2020.
Goita served as vice-president to transitional leader Bah Ndaw until the latter’s ouster in May.“Everything is fine, there is no problem. It’s part of being a leader,” Goita told state television hours after the attack. “There are always people who are unhappy. There are people who will try to destabilise.”
He described the attack as “an isolated action”. State television showed him later receiving well-wishers dressed in the same clothes he had on at the mosque. Prime Minister Choguel Maiga, who was sitting near Goita at the time of the attack, told state television that a man wielding a knife had approached the interim leader at the end of the prayer and attempted to stab him in the neck.
“As you know the interim president is an officer of the special forces, and I believe his instinct helped prevent the aggressor from reaching his objective,” Maiga said.
He added that the 38-year-old Goita and his security guards had kept their calm during the incident. Despite initial condemnation of the May coup by Western allies like France, which is seeking to end its military mission in West Africa’s Sahel region, Goita was sworn in as interim president last month. He has promised to oversee a transition that will lead to democratic elections.
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“No alternative to peace” – Kwara Governor
The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Tuesday reiterated his message of peace and tolerance among Nigerians, hours after he led his state to one of the most peaceful and orderly Eid gatherings in recent history.
In a short interview with reporters before paying Eid homage to the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, AbdulRazaq said development occurs only in an atmosphere of peace, mutual tolerance and understanding.
“It is a message of peace. There is no alternative to peace. This is a state of harmony and we should let it remain like that. Our founding fathers worked so hard to entrench peace in the state and we will continue to promote peace and unity in our dear state,” AbdulRazaq told reporters in Ilorin, the state capital.
“It is a new frontier. Security wise, we have seen improvements across the country. We are certain that things will continue to get better”, he added.
AbdulRazaq commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the fight against insecurity in different parts of the country, saying the current efforts have led to glaring improvements and checkmated agents of insecurity in Nigeria.
“We thank the President for deploying all the arsenals he could. We appreciate all institutions, security agencies, traditional rulers and all our people for putting all hands on deck to make sure that we combat the alarming rate of insecurity,” he said.
AbdulRazaq urged Kwarans to use the occasion of sallah to look inward and preach peace and unity, and support one another as brothers.
Eid Al-Adha: kwara Governor urges Muslims to observe COVID-19 protocols
The Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has advised Muslims to remain guided by COVID-19 protocols as they partake in Eid Al-Adha celebrations.
This was found in a statement made known by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, titled, ‘AbdulRazaq bids Muslims, Kwarans blessed Eid-el-Kabir.’
“Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has congratulated Muslims and all Kwarans on the occasion of Eid-el-Adha 1432 AH, or the feast of sacrifice, praying God to bless their households, accept their prayers, and reward their offerings.
“In a personal Eid message to the people of the state, the Governor said the feast of sacrifice is a reminder to the rewards that await those who are patient and submit to God’s will and maintain excellent relations with fellow human beings, irrespective of their differences.
“I bid the Muslim community and indeed every Kwaran a blessed and peaceful Eid. Ahead of the Eid, however, I urge everyone to pay attention to the latest development around COVID-19 outbreak.
“We cannot afford to be complacent. I therefore urge all to be guided by COVID-19 protocols as issued by the federal government. We should at all times prioritise personal and public safety, including correct use of face mask.
“On this Eid and always, I commend us to work together, as one people under one God, to build a stronger country, and to jettison non-progressive politics and or everything that may threaten national peace and security or destroy the livelihood and joy of others,” the statement read.
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Eid-Al-Ahda: Celebrities Send Heartfelt Messages
Nigerian Celebrities have taken to their social media pages to celebrate the auspicious day with Muslims on Eid-Al-Adha.
Comedienne RealWarriPikin wrote “Ram on my Mind
Happy Sallah to All My Wonderful Muslim Family and Fans
I Don ready to Chop like Big Idiot
You Dey Abuja DM location”
With Stunning photos, Richard Mofe Damijo also sent goodwill messages “Happy Sallah to all my Muslim family.
No excuses, today we eat soft ram meat.
Roasted, Grilled, Fried, Cooked…
Comedian Bovi also took to his Instagram to celebrate the day “Happy Sallah to my Muslim brothers and sisters; especially the ones who told me the last time that it was small sallah and that I should wait for big sallah!
Others like Eniola Badmus and Bolanle Ninalowo also felicitated with the Muslims with funny posts and videos.
Eid-al-Adha: Nigerians need to support each other – APC
“Nigerians, irrespective of political, social and cultural differences need to support each other to entrench national unity and cohesion.” The National Chairman of Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, Governor Mai Mala Buni stated this in his Eid-al-Adha message to Nigerians.
Governor Buni said the period of Eid-el-Kabir, calls for a deep reflection into the lessons of devotion, sacrifice and obedience as exemplified by the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Ismail.
He added that imbibing the virtues of love, honesty, sacrifice and being our brother’s keepers would cement the cracks in Nigeria’s national unity, peace and progress. “This occasion teaches love, sacrifice, honesty, generosity and above all, the fear of God. There is great strength in our diversity.
“I wish to appeal to privileged persons to imbibe the lessons of this occasion to support less privileged persons,” Governor Buni said.
Governor Buni also assured Nigerians of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to restoring peace and security across the country. He appealed to citizens not to politicise security matters.
“It is a common problem that should be fought collectively and defeated for the common good of the country.
“I appeal to Nigerians to support, cooperate and encourage the security operatives in their patriotic duty of ensuring security and safety across the country,” Buni said.
According to the APC Chairman, the party would execute its programmes as scheduled with every sense of commitment and patriotism.
“The Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee would ensure the programmes of the party are meticulously executed with every member given a sense of belonging.
“We are committed to building a strong political party that would stand the test of time to win elections and make us all proud,” Governor Buni said.
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