Buhari, Lawan, Gbajabiamila, Atiku, others: renewed hope ...

Even as the restriction continues in
places of worship with far-reaching implication on the economic lives of the people
as Muslim Ummah in Nigeria joined their counterparts the world over to
celebrates this year Eid-el-Fitr, an exodus of  messages coming was indeed channelled toward
divine intervention and being faithful to God in other that the pandemic that
has been ravaging many countries of the world Nigeria inclusive can be brought
to an end!  

President Buhari in his Sallah message
to Nigerians urged Muslims to keep their spirits up despite the pandemic,
“which caught the world off guard, and has put a dampener on what would
otherwise have been a time of celebration for the Muslim faithful to mark the
end of the Ramadan fasting period.”


Buhari, who noted in a statement by his
Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu that “for the
first time in recent years, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the
people’s spiritual, social and economic lives,” added that “this year’s fasting period was particularly challenging for Muslims because they had to forgo many
important aspects of their daily worship, including the routine congregations
for prayer and the recitation and interpretation of the Holy Qur’an, as well as
travelling for the lesser pilgrimage to Makkah.”

The President, who noted that “it is
not easy to give up many of these important duties and activities, but it
became imperative to do so to control or limit the spread of this deadly
disease,” submit, “let me use this opportunity to commend the sacrifices of
both Muslims and Christians for their cooperation in the enforcement of the
social distancing guidelines. I am well aware of the inconveniences these tough
measures have brought on the lives of Nigerians, including limiting religious
activities and gatherings in large numbers.”

He appealed to other Nigerians “whose
businesses and means of livelihoods were badly affected by the prolonged
lockdown measures for their understanding and cooperation,” adding that “no
government would intentionally impose these tough and demanding measures on its
citizens if it had a choice.”

He assured Nigerians that the lockdown
measures would not go on longer than necessary because they would be reviewed
from time-to-time to ease the increasing hardships on the people.

While informing Muslim faithful that
“this year’s Eid event is an occasion for sober reflection, rather than
celebration,” he also exhorted the wealthy to continue helping the less
privileged “so that we can all come out of this pandemic stronger and more
united.”

On
the part of former vice president Atiku Abubakar on his Eid –el-Fitr Message
said
“We fasted this year without spiritual
acts of worship that accompany the holy month of Ramadan, like attending tafsir
(evening sermons before breaking of fast), sharing of Iftar with family,
friends and the needy, and even the voluntary seclusion during the last 10 days
of the blessed Ramadan.

“But all these strictures could not
have made our fasting less valid because, as Muslims, we believe that
everything that happens is with the command of Almighty Allah. We are taught in
the scripture and the Sunnah of Noble Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that God would
test our faith individually and as an Ummah.

Insisting that the “current situation
of the COVID-19 pandemic is a test from Allah and, having fasted as we are
enjoined as Muslims, let us continue to remember that it is part of our faith
to protect all lives and to abide by regulations from those in authority, especially
during a time of great uncertainty like this. Those protocols about avoidance
of crowded places, social distancing, and regular washing of hands are for our
benefits and the benefits of humankind in general.

“As Muslims, it is incumbent upon us to
do our best both in action and in prayers to ensure that the world is healed of
this deadly virus in the earliest possible time. It is also incumbent on
governments at all levels, that in planning for the post-COVID-19 era, the
welfare of the people should be of paramount priority,” Atiku said.

PRESIDENT of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan,
on his part, called for fervent and sustained prayer to God for his divine
intervention against all the challenges that are confronting the country and
the world at large.

In his Eid-el-Fitr message to
Nigerians, he said: “Even as the holy month has ended, I enjoin us to continue
to observe the health precautions and sustain the acts of purity, charity,
perseverance, and tolerance in our daily lives and general conduct.”

Lawan specially commended all
healthcare and other essential services providers who are at the front line of
the fight against COVID-19, assuring them of the full support of their
lawmakers, and representatives for victory against the vicious enemy.

GOVERNOR Seyi Makinde of Oyo State
while congratulating Muslims, expressed gratitude to Muslims and residents of
the state for remaining steadfast despite the situation imposed on the state by
the COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement signed by the Chief Press
Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted Governor Makinde as saying
that it was regrettable that Muslims in the state and across the country cannot
observe Eid-el-Fitri prayer this year the usual way, adding that the situation
should be seen as “part of the sacrifice we all have to make at this time.”

The governor equally rallied them to
use the auspicious occasion of the Eid-el-Fitri to make supplications for
themselves, the state, and Nigeria.

LAGOS State Governor, Mr. Babajide
Sanwo-Olu, who congratulated Muslims in the state on the successful completion
of Ramadan fast, urged them to continue on the path of spirituality and
peaceful co-existence among all Lagosians.

Sanwo-Olu, in a statement, said the occasion of Eid-el-Fitri is very significant
to Muslims across the world, as it marks the end of one month of abstinence
from worldly pleasures with fasting and prayers, observed in accordance with
the Islamic injunctions.

 

The Governor reminded the Muslim faithful of the new reality caused by the
global Coronavirus pandemic, saying it has altered the way we live, work and
celebrate. 

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