Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai has called on Nigerians to uphold peace and show goodwill to one another.
In a sallah message issued in Kaduna, El-Rufai said that Eid-el-Kabir, the festival of sacrifice, teaches us that as mere mortals we can strive to be better.
He urged Nigerians to be buoyed by faith in these difficult times, and to work together to make things better.
el-Rufai reminded Nigerians that humans cannot be wiser than the Almighty who bestowed the joy of diversity.
He asked Nigerians to shun the demagogues who seek to divide people on the basis of faith and tongue, even as he counselled that all Nigerians must work towards peaceful relations with all members of the great family of humanity.
“It is my great honour and privilege to salute our people on the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir. We are celebrating the festival of sacrifice, echoing one man’s absolute faith in the Almighty.
“It is an example that has endured through the ages, and we are invited to emulate sacrifice and faith in our daily lives.
“As we celebrate another instance of the unparalleled omnipotence of Almighty Allah, let us embrace the lesson that even we ordinary mortals can strive, with the grace of God, to be better than we are today, combining faith and exemplary conduct, exhibiting good will to all and promoting peaceful relations with other members of the great family of humanity.
“In these difficult times, let us be buoyed by faith and retain the hope that together we can make things better. Let us embrace the lesson of sacrifice.
“Let us reject the negativity of the demagogues who seek to turn us against each other just because our faith and tongues may differ. Let us commit to peace and good will towards all.
“We cannot be wiser than the Almighty who created us and bestowed the joy of diversity. Let us celebrate with modesty. May Allah bestow His blessings on us all.”