As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to commemorate the Eid-el-Kabir, the nation’s leaders have continued to ask for players for peace, development and survival of the nation
The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila while urging Muslims to rededicate themselves to their Creator, asked them to pray for the country during this period of Eid-el-Kabir.
Also, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has called on Muslims to fervently continue praying for a more peaceful and prosperous Nigeria.
Gbajabiamila said the need for prayers became more pressing at this time that the coronavirus pandemic is ravaging the world, including Nigeria.
The Speaker said with fervent prayers, Nigeria would be able to surmount the numerous challenges bedevilling the country, including insecurity.
The Speaker also urged Nigerians, irrespective of their differences, to embrace one another and be united for the progress of the country.
He called on religious leaders to preach unity and peaceful coexistence among the citizens at this time and always.
He further urged Muslims to imbibe the virtues of selflessness, generosity, brotherliness and accommodating nature of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Gbajabiamila used the opportunity to call on leaders to keep their contracts with the Nigerian people as that is the only way they can make meaningful impact in the lives of the citizens.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who made the call after observing Eid prayer in Birnin-Kebbi in his Sallah message felicitated with Muslims faithful all over the world on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Adha.
According to the Minister, the period of Eid of sacrifices comes with numerous lessons including sincerity, honesty, commitment, sacrifice, selflessness, introspection and empathy, among others.
Malami called for enhanced mutual understanding, peaceful co-existence, good neighbourliness and needy-centered approaches during the Sallah celebration and beyond.
Malami, therefore, urges Muslims as they celebrate the Eid to continue to be law-abiding and have sober reflection.
In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, Malami charged Muslims to observe all laid down safety protocols and guidelines issued by the.authorities with a view to contain the spread of the disease in the country.
Responding to newsmen on the current media attack on his personality Malami said.
“I think that is the burden of leadership. Who ever is appointed a leader, by God grace, it is only natural that in one way or the other one must be attacked. The good one has been doing can hardly be seen when one remains in office”
“It has been a common tradition for people to attack the President, Governors and those in the helm of affairs or in leadership position and responsibility. I cannot, certainly, be an exception”.
“The good thing about it, our Constitution is clear, our law is clear where exist impunity and how can it be best handled and addressed. It is not about attack on personalities. It is about compliance with the law. We are there to fight impunity”.
“The bottom line is whether in the fight against impunity we are working in line and in tune with the law”.
He said that the greatest consideration is what is it that the Law provides and “whether indeed we operated within the spirit of the law or we have gone astray in compliance with the Law”.