Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan wished Nigerian Muslims well as they celebrated this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival on Tuesday.
In his address to mark the celebration, the President said, “I extend warm greetings and felicitations to you all as we celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival.”
He also congratulated all Nigerians who had been able to undertake the Hajj this year in fulfilment 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”.
He implored them to find time to meditate on the immense benefits the nation could 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."
“My administration will continue to promote and encourage the teaching of these commendable virtues of Islam and our 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”.
He added that his administration would remain fully committed to the implementation of measures and policies that would promote and enhance national peace, stability and progress.
“It is in keeping with that avowed commitment and my firm belief in the right to freedom of expression and the right of all people in a democracy to make choices on how they wish to live and be governed that I recently announced plans for an orderly national conversation on our problems and challenges.”
He assured all Nigerians that his administration would continue to give very focused and purposeful leadership to the nation.
“We remain committed to achieving significant improvements in the living conditions of all Nigerians through the diligent implementation of our agenda for national transformation. We will also remain very proactive in taking all actions deemed necessary for the restoration and sustenance of peace and security in all parts of our country.”
- CAJ News