Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has called on Nigerians to strive for the unity of the nation, urging them to emulate the exemplary sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim ahead of the Sallah celebration.
Sanwo-Olu who spoke through a statement issued by Gboyega Akosile, the Governor’s Deputy Chief Press Secretary, urged Nigerians to draw lessons from prophet Ibrahim, who held on tenaciously to his faith in God despite being afflicted.
The Governor enjoined Nigerians to shun all tendencies that could severe the unity and stability in the country.
He said: “I join Muslim faithful across the country to share in the felicity of the Eid al-Adha, which comes with significant lessons for mankind. This symbolic Islamic festival is a constant reminder to us that, there will always be great rewards when we have abiding faith and patience in trying periods; persistence in prayers and tenacity in our belief.
“Development and progress can only be achieved in an atmosphere in which unity, peace and mutual respect reign supreme. We must, therefore, eschew tendencies that can further divide us as a people.”
Sanwo-Olu advised the citizens to support the government’s efforts in creating a nation that would work for all, adding that the need to keep Nigeria on the path of development was a collective responsibility of all citizens.
The statement added: “As a government, we are playing our part to ensure public resources are properly channeled to the benefit of the citizens. However, the citizens must ensure these energies are not wasted by shunning actions that can make these efforts difficult. This is the sacrifice we must collectively make to ensure our efforts to build a prosperous nation are not in vain.
“On behalf of my family and the Government of Lagos State, I wish all Muslims a happy and peaceful Eid al-Adha celebration.”
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