The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has greeted Nigerian Muslims on the occasion of the Eid-el-Maulud festival to mark the celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammed.
Dogara, in a statement issued yesterday, urged Muslims to use the occasion of the remembrance and celebration of the birth of Prophet Mohammed to imbibe and promote the virtues of humility, love, peace, harmony and mutual co-existence which the prophet exemplified.
He also called for prayers for Nigeria to overcome its current economic challenges. “Maulud Nabiyy is a special period that calls for sober reflections and special prayers to the Almighty for our leaders at all levels for God’s wisdom and guidance. We must also put aside our ethnic, religious and political differences and come together to build a more united and peaceful country,” Dogara added.
Tambuwal Sues for Peace, Tolerance
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, yesterday urged Nigerians to put aside all differences and collaborate with one another to build a united and peaceful nation.
This was contained in a message to commemorate this year’s Eid-el-Maulud issued in Sokoto by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam.
He urged Nigerians to imbibe the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and strive to live with one another in peace and harmony.
“Same way the birth of the Prophet in Mecca ushered in a new dawn for humanity, Nigerians should view the occasion of this year’s Maulud Nabiyyi as an opportunity for a new beginning.
“As a nation, we will make progress towards the realisation of our shared vision of a strong, united and prosperous nation if our people imbibe the Prophet’s lessons of peace, tolerance, honesty, selflessness, sincerity, justice, equity and peaceful co-existence,” the statement read.
The Governor to this end, rejoiced with Nigerians, especially the Muslim faithful, on the occasion of Eid-el-Maulud.
Tambuwal assured the people of Sokoto of his determination to promote religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence among all citizens.
He added that his administration made the provision of social amenities a top priority, and will continue with its policies so as to ensure rapid development of all sectors of the state.
Ayade Felicitates with Muslims, Urges Support for Buhari
Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade, has enjoined Muslims in Nigeria to use the occasion of the birthday of Prophet Muhammed to preach and show love to one another.
In his goodwill message signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Ita, marking this year’s Eid-el-Maulud, the governor said: “May this wonderful occasion of the birthday of the Holy Prophet Mohammed bring about love, peace and prosperity to our beloved country, Nigeria. As we celebrate the holy Prophet’s birthday, your prayer for the peace and unity of our dear country is needed now more than ever before.”
While urging Nigerians to rally round President Muhammadu Buhari to pull the country out of the current recession, Ayade said: “As committed faithful, let us harness our creative energies, our love for one another towards the development of the country by aligning with our President, Muhammadu Buhari to help Nigeria pull through recession.” According to the governor, “As we celebrate, we must not be unmindful of the lessons of Eid-el-Maulud, which is love , peace and devotion.
As true Moslems, “You have always demonstrated good examples by exhibiting the true teachings of Muhammed, I want to, therefore, urge all Muslim brothers and sisters across the country to continue to join hands with people of other faith to preach peace, love and unity which our country desperately needs.”
He entreated the Almighty Allah to fill the hearts of Moslems with love, even as they celebrate in peace.
Bello Urges Dedication, Sacrifice.
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has urged the people of the state to live a life of dedication and excellence in the spirit of the birth of Prophet Mohammed.
The governor who made the call in a message through his Chief Press Secretary, Petra Akinti Onyegbule, to mark this year Eid el-Maulud, said Nigerians must dedicate their lives to the “pursuit of good, justice and equity.” Bello said Prophet Mohammad led an exemplary life of dedication, equity and justice, saying, “The best birthday gift to Prophet Mohammad is for all to strive to build an egalitarian society where equity, justice and fairness are the cornerstones.”
He said he would continue to lead Kogi State with the fear of Allah, admonishing the people to fear Allah and avoid anti-social practices that could jeopardise the “peace and well-being of the society.”
“I urge all Kogites and Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of Prophet Mohammad by promoting peace and stability in the society. In a time like this, leaders must eschew selfishness and contribute to the well-being of the people.
“All Muslims must strive to promote peace across the world, for that was the ideal Prophet Mohammad lived for”.
Bello reassured the people of Kogi State of his readiness to defeat poverty and underdevelopment in the state. He said civil servants would soon start to appreciate his civil service reforms in the state.
Amosun Calls for Value Reorientation
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has urged the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria to learn from the exemplary lifestyle of Prophet Mohammed. The governor stated this yesterday in an Eid-el-Maulud message signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Adejuwon Soyinka. He urged the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria to always learn from the peaceful lifestyle of complete obedience to Allah, exemplified by Prophet Muhammed in all that they do. “Whether in political, social, economic or religious circles, our lifestyle need to reflect that of the Prophet Muhammed,” governor Amosun said.
He added: “If Nigerians, irrespective of ethnic or religious differences would learn from the values and ethos exemplified by the life of Prophet Muhammed, this country would be a better place for all of us.” The Ogun State governor also seized the occasion to call on all Nigerians to shun acts of violence and disobedience to constituted authorities while urging all to rededicate themselves to the task of nation building.
Ambode: Pray for Peace, Progress in Nigeria
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday called on Muslims to offer special prayers for greater peace, unity and continuous progress of Nigeria, as they join their counterparts across the world to celebrate Eid-el-Maulud, which is the birth of Prophet Mohammed. The governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, enjoined Muslims to follow the exemplary leadership of the Holy Prophet by promoting peaceful existence.
While imploring Nigerians to shun ethnic, political and religious differences and work towards building a safer and better Nigeria, Ambode said the celebration of the birth of the Prophet should renew the faith and bond of unity as one people and one nation irrespective of diversity.
“On the occasion of the commemoration of the birth of the holy Prophet, it is imperative to reflect on his teachings and uphold his legacies of unity, integrity, peaceful coexistence and love for one’s neighbour, which are indispensable in our quest for meaningful development and the profitable management of our diversity,” he said. The governor also urged Muslim to internalise the virtues of honesty, selflessness, charity, tolerance, good neighbourliness, justice, equity and fairness which Mohammed (PBOH) preached, saying such will go a long way to engender national development.
“I want to seize this occasion to urge all Nigerians to commit themselves to making a greater effort to imbibe these qualities and values as they celebrate the Prophet’s birth”.
“I wish all our Muslim brothers and sisters in Nigeria and Lagos in particular a happy Eid-el-Maulud”, he said.
Pray for Great, New Nigeria, Orji Tells Muslims
As Nigeria Muslims join their counterparts the world over to mark the festival of Eid-el-Maulud, Senator Theodore Orji has called on the Islamic faithful to pray for the emergence of a new Nigeria with leaders imbued with great ideas that would make the nation a global brand. The senator who represents Abia Central in the National Assembly, made the call in his good will message to the Muslims, saying they should in humility ask the Almighty God to intervene in the affairs of our nation given the many challenges facing the country. “Knowing what Eid-el-Maulud represents, our Muslim brothers and sisters should therefore use the occasion to pray for innovative ideas that will enable us break new grounds that the world would take notice of and celebrate the same way it celebrates the birth of Prophet Mohammed,” he said.
In the statement issued by his media adviser, Mr. Don Norman Obinna, the senator, who is also the immediate past governor of Abia State, noted that as a religious people Nigerians should never relent in praying for the good of the nation and those running its affairs.
According to him, supplication for the well being of Nigeria, “when granted by Allah will not only earn the country and her citizenry respect but also position her among the leading countries of the world”. He felicitated with the Muslim faithful in their celebration and urged them to emulate the life of Prophet Mohammed whose birth is the reason for the celebration.
Glo Congratulates Muslims
Telecoms giant, Globacom, has congratulated all Muslims in the country as they celebrate Eid-el-Maulud, the birthday of Prophet Mohammed. In a goodwill message issued in Lagos at the weekend by the company, Globacom urged Muslims to celebrate the occasion with optimism and hope for a better tomorrow.
The company also urged the Muslim Ummah to use the celebration of the birthday of Prophet Mohammed to continue to pray for the country to victoriously scale through the current economic recession.
It noted that the economic situation in the country can be overcome through hard work, commitment to good virtues and persistent prayers to the Almighty who has the power to return Nigeria to the path of economic growth. “We in Globacom wish to congratulate our Muslim brethren on this unique occasion and urge them to use the period to pray for the rapid economic recovery and peace of the nation,” the message said.
Globacom called on Muslims to remember that the birth of Prophet Mohammed was heralded with peace and goodwill to all men. It therefore called on the faithful to take advantage of the celebration to extend hands of fellowship by sharing good tidings with all, especially the less privileged. The message noted that in Nigeria, like in most parts of the world, Eid-el-Maulud provides an opportunity to show love to families, friends, neighbours and businesses. It said the special occasion is also used by families and friends to bond and communicate through voice calls, SMS and numerous data services.
Globacom urged Muslims to take advantage of the company’s array of products and services for their communication need at all times. The Muslim feast of Eid-el-Maulud will be celebrated this year on Monday, December 12