President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday urged Nigerians to use the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir to reflect on the immense benefits to the country when they exhibit selflessness, tolerance, piety and peaceful coexistence with others.
In his Sallah greetings to the nation, President Jonathan said, “I extend warm greetings and felicitations to you all as we celebrate Eid-el-Kabir. I also congratulate Nigerians who have been able to undertake the Hajj this year in fulfillment of their religious obligations. As they undergo the rites of the Hajj in the Holy Land, and celebrate the Feast of Sacrifice here at home, I urge our Islamic faithful to offer special prayers for peace, harmony, unity, security and progress in our fatherland. I also implore them, as always, to find time in the midst of the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations to meditate on the immense benefits our nation can derive from a greater exhibition by its people of piety, honesty, selflessness, tolerance, peaceful co-existence with others, equity, fairness and justice for all, which are an integral part of the message of the Holy Prophet.”
He added: “My administration will continue to promote and encourage the teaching of these commendable virtues of Islam and other religious beliefs in the knowledge that a greater manifestation of such virtues and ideals by our people will stand our country in very good stead as we strive to overcome the challenges of development and build a great nation.
“We will also remain very proactive in taking actions deemed necessary for the restoration and sustenance of peace and security in all parts of our country”, the president said.