President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has urged Muslim faithful and the citizenry in general, to make the fear of God the watchword in their lives.
In a goodwill message on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir, the Senate president said the event symbolised the fear of Allah and the desire of man to always comply with the wish of his creator. This, he said, was exemplified by the life of Prophet Ibrahim.
Saraki, who stated this in a statement issued on Wednesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu, gave reasons why the fear of God must reign supreme.
“With the fear of Allah, mutual respect and love, we will tolerate one another, work together and be able to harness our abundant resources as a progressive nation.
“We cannot achieve much with unnecessary frictions and disharmony. What Nigerians need now is to move forward with the present change era”, Saraki said.
He also called on Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, tolerance and mutual respect, adding that these virtues are the panacea to move the nation forward.
Saraki continued, “We have herculean tasks to address. Our army of unemployed graduates and youths are hovering on the street.
“Insecurity is threatening the peace and social development of our dear nation, quality health care services and economic buoyancy are major challenges that require urgent attention.
“I am very optimistic that with our collective efforts, these challenges are surmountable and we will soon overcome”.
The Senate president also called on all arms of government not to rest on their oars in the onerous task of building a formidable nation where all Nigerians will live in peace and prosperity.
He further called on the Muslim community to continue to pray for the government, the military and other security agencies in the fight against insurgency, stressing that peace and socio-economic development of the nation remained paramount.
On behalf of the Senate, Saraki pledged the lawmakers’ continuous support and encouragement towards putting the nation on the right track.