Abia, Imo governors greet Muslims on Eid-el Kabir
Abia State Governor, Mr. Okezie Ikpeazu, and his Imo State counterpart, Rochas Okorocha, yesterday urged the Nigerian Muslim community to uphold their obedience to Allah in the spirit of forgiveness for one another.
Ikpeazu, in his goodwill message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Godwin Adindu, said Allah represents love and peace to mankind, and commended the Abia Muslim community for supporting his administration. He described Muslims in the state as good patriots and ambassadors of not only the state but also the entire country.
Islam, Ikpeazu said, is a great world religion that upholds the spirit of love, peace and charity. He, therefore, charged Muslims “ to expand the spiritual benefits of the big Sallah by ensuring a world of peaceful co-existence devoid of violence”, as they celebrate the Eid- el- Kabir.
“They must use the occasion of the Sallah to demonstrate that the world is united by one common humanity.”
In his own message, Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Martins Okechukwu Azubuike, admonished the Muslim faithful in Nigeria, especially those in Abia, to use this year’s Eid-el Kabir celebration to promote love, mutual sacrifice and peaceful coexistence.
In a statement by his Press Secretary, Prince Clinton Uba, the speaker reminded Muslims that having unflinching faith in Allah as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim, who because of his faith, was about sacrificing his only son, has its good tidings as Allah provided a lamb for that purpose thus, the celebration Eid-el Kabir.”
In Imo State, Governor Okorocha urged ‘Muslims and every patriotic Nigerian’ to pray fervently for those things that would promote unity of the country, and against things that threaten the existence of Nigeria.
In a statement signed by Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, his secretary, the governor noted that Muslims had the opportunity of praying for the leadership of the nation, asking God to grant them all that they require to work for the progress of the citizenry.
Okorocha prayed that “Allah should grant Muslims and Nigerians victory for acceptable heart desires.”