Lagos Governor tasks Muslims on sacrifice and endurance

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has called on Muslims in Nigeria to imbibe the values of sacrifice and endurance as they join their counterparts worldwide to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir.

In his Sallah message, Governor Ambode said the period of the celebration was one that called for every Muslim and other Nigerians to embrace the tenets of sacrifice, patience, humility and brotherly love.

He explained that the significance of the season should be beyond the festivities, noting that it should be a moment to reflect on why God united everyone with a common humanity of blood, food and water.

He, therefore, called on Nigerians to rededicate themselves to a greater acceptance and internalisation of the lessons of piety, faithfulness, dedication, fortitude, obedience, sacrifice and selfless service which are for the benefit of mankind.

“As we celebrate this auspicious occasion, let us renew our faith in our nation and implore the Almighty God to restore to us those values that place high premium on human life, love for neighbours and sharing even as we ventilate our faith in the unity of our dear country and the possibility of her taking her place in the comity of nations”, the Governor said.

Transient recession

The Lagos Governor said the prevailing economic recession currently taking its toll on Nigerians was only a phase that would pave way for a new dawn in the country.

He stated that the Federal Government was making steady efforts to salvage the situation.

“This period requires more patience, fortitude, tolerance, endurance, patriotism and a greater willingness to make personal sacrifices for the good of all, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration remains committed to lead the nation in overcoming its current economic and developmental challenges,” Governor Ambode highlighted.

While wishing all Muslim brothers and sisters in the State and Nigeria a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration, Governor Ambode expressed appreciation for the support so far enjoyed by the Lagos State Government.