Sunday, 24 May 2020

Eid-el-Fitr: Buhari Atiku, Lawan others Ask Nigerians To Be Faithful, Pray For Divine Interventions Olaleye Idowu




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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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