Vice President Kashim Shettima, state governors, ministers and some other eminent Nigerians have extended warm Eid-el-Maulud greetings to Muslims across the nation, just as they enjoined Nigerians to imbibe peace.
In his Eid-el-Maulud message to Muslim faithful, the vice president noted that the occasion marks the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, whose teachings of tolerance, sacrifice, peaceful coexistence, abstinence, honesty, and generosity continue to resonate deeply with believers.
VP Shettima emphasised the enduring significance of the Prophet’s values and urged all Nigerians to uphold these principles as they face temporary challenges.
He called on the nation to rally behind the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu’s administration, which he said is aimed at improving the lives of the Nigerian people.
Expressing faith in the collective vision of a better Nigeria, Shettima sought unwavering commitment and joint efforts from all citizens.
He expressed firm belief that with mutual dedication, Nigeria would overcome setbacks and ascend to its rightful place among the international community.
As the country celebrates the auspicious moment, Shettima concluded by wishing everyone joyous festivities and invoking Allah’s blessings on all.
Also, Niger State governor, Mohammed Umaru Bago, called on Muslims to emulate the piety, virtues and exemplary lifestyle of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Bago, in a statement issued by his chief press secretary, Bologi Ibrahim, on the commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him), said Muslims should reflect deeply on the essential lessons of the life and times of the celebrant.
He said humility, love, tolerance, gratitude, and caring among others were the virtues that characterised his life, hence the Holy Qur’an was revealed through him.
The governor stressed that working in the footsteps of the Holy Prophet would guarantee peaceful co-existence, development and progress of any society.
“I join the Muslim faithful world over in celebrating a great Prophet and Messenger of Allah. No doubt his lifestyle has remained an inspiration to all adherents of Islam.
“I urge us all to stick to the teachings of the Holy Prophet so the society will be a better place for all”, he said.
On his part, deputy president of the Senate, Senator Barau Jibrin, appealed to fellow Muslims to use the occasion to reflect on the virtues of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Senator Barau, in a message to commemorate the birthday of Prophet Muhammed (SAW) signed by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, Ismail Mudashir, described the noble Prophet as a role model to all.
He reiterated the commitment of the National Assembly to come up with legislation to support President Tinubu to deliver his campaign promises as encapsulated in the Renewed Hope Agenda.
Also, the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, called on residents to continue to nurture this spirit of understanding and unity, that their cooperation and respect for one another’s beliefs and cultures have been the bedrock of Nigeria’s peaceful coexistence.
The minister, in his Eid-el-Maulud message to residents of the FCT, commended the residents for their unwavering commitment to peace and harmony in the nation’s capital.
Wike also urged residents to extend a hand of friendship to their neighbours, regardless of their background or beliefs.
He asked them to open their hearts to those less fortunate and share their blessings with those in need, that in doing so, they not only honor the teachings of the Prophet but also strengthen the bonds that hold their community together.
“It is with immense joy that I extend my warmest greetings on behalf of the FCT Administration, to all residents of the FCT on this auspicious occasion of Eid-El- Maulud. This significant day marks the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and a time when we reflect on his teachings of peace, compassion, and unity.
“Eid-el-Maulud is not just a celebration of the birth of our beloved Prophet; it is an opportunity for us to come together as residents of the FCT to reaffirm our commitment to the values of tolerance, love, and kindness that he so tirelessly preached. It is a time for us to remember the importance of empathy and the virtues of togetherness that should guide our interactions with one another.
“In the Federal Capital Territory, we are fortunate to have a diverse and vibrant community that represents the rich cultures of our great nation. This diversity is a testament to the values of unity in diversity that our country holds dear. As we celebrate this day, let us remember that our strength lies in our unity, and our progress depends on our ability to live in harmony with one another,” he said.
Also yesterday, the chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Hon. Christopher Maikalangu called on residents of the council to adhere to the cardinal principle of peace upon which the religion of Islam is built.
In a statement signed by his senior special assistant on Media and Public Affairs, Kingsley Madaki, the council boss made this call in his Eid-el-Maulud message to residents yesterday.