Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, yesterday, urged Nigerians to imbibe the tenets of tolerance and unity for one another irrespective of their ethnic and religious differences as a pathway of building a strong and united nation.
The governor, in his Eid-el-Fitri message, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, said it is only by embracing peace, unity and fairness that Nigerians can begin a rebirth, urging them to imbibe the tenets of love, tolerance, forgiveness and brotherhood which the period of the holy month exemplifies.
According to him, with brotherly love and harmonious co-existence among her citizens above all other things, Nigeria can overcome the numerous challenges confronting her.
Ambode added that in the last three years, despite the seeming economic challenges, the nation has witnessed appreciable level of development and expressed optimism that more can be achieved if all hands are on deck.
“As we celebrate this auspicious occasion of the end of the holy month of Ramadan, therefore, let us renew our faith in our nation and implore the Almighty God to restore to us those values that place high premium on human life, love for our country, love for our neighbour and sharing even as we ventilate our faith in the unity of our dear country and the possibility of her taking her proper place in the comity of nations,” he said.
In the same vein, Obasa, in the Eid-el-Fitri message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak called on Nigerians, particularly Muslims not to relent in sharing love among themselves despite the end of the Ramadan fasting.
The Speaker also advised Nigerians to continue to maintain peace and avoid utterances and actions that can cause disharmony among themselves.
The speaker said, “Ramadan is the period we share love, move closer to God and all try to maintain cordial relationship. As we are celebrating the Eid-l-Fitri in commemoration of the end of the fasting period, we should not abandon all the qualities and virtues we have imbibed during the period.”