The Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has canvassed stronger bonds of love among the different religions in Nigeria as means of building a stronger and more united Nigeria.
Governor Ugwuanyi who said this in a message of goodwill he sent to Muslim faithful in Nigeria on the occasion of the 2018 Eid-el-Kabir celebrations said it was only love and sacrificial living that is capable of making leaders and followers alike to rise above the self and make constructive contributions towards building a stronger and more economically and socially prosperous Nigeria.
The governor who noted the selfless sacrifice of the Holy Prophet Ibrahim by agreeing to sacrifice his son in total obedience and submission to the will of God, called on Muslim faithful to follow the examples already laid down by the Holy Prophet as a means of ensuring the enthronement of peaceful coexistence in Nigeria.
“This is a season filled with lessons for all Nigerians irrespective of religious beliefs. The total submission of Ibrahim to the will of Allah is a pointer to the gains inherent in sacrificial living. Although Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice his son, little did he know that God was only testing his love and faith. The lessons for us as individuals is that of being willing and disposed to offering what we have for the benefit of the environment we find ourselves, especially given that God Almighty has called on all of us to obey him through love to others around us and also through total submission to his will,” he stated.
The governor highlighted Nigeria’s unique ethnic and religious plurality and expressed the belief that the tribal and religious diversity of the country presents great potentials for social and economic growth and development.
He reminded Nigerians that the confluence between the Christian and Muslim religion was Ibrahim, the patriarch known to Christians as Abraham and urged adherents of both religions to look back to the sacrifice made by father of both religions with love and honour so as to foster a more united and progressive nation.
“Eid-el-Kabir is a celebration of friendship, unity, love and the supremacy of God. I have always preached that the unity and survival of our dear nation Nigeria is also dependent on how much love we are all willing to share with those around us, especially the poor and vulnerable and also with those who do not share in our own religious beliefs,” the governor stated.