Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday urged Muslims to embrace sacrifice, love and unity, as they join their counterparts across the world to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir.
In his Sallah message signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Habib Aruna, the governor said Nigerians should use the period to engage in selfless service to God and humanity, as well as sacrifice and right conduct in their private and public lives.
Ambode explained that the season’s significance should extend beyond feasting, adding that as Muslims prepare to offer animal sacrifice in the festive period, they should encourage piety, self-discipline and sacrifice for fellow man.
He, therefore, called on Nigerians to exhibit these values for the good of Nigeria and shun any act capable of heating up the polity or causing distrust among the various ethnic groups in the country.
“As we celebrate, let us renew our faith in our nation and entreat the Almighty God to restore to us those values that place high premium on human life, love of neighbours and sharing, even as we ventilate our faith in our country’s unity.
“This period requires more patience, fortitude, tolerance, endurance, patriotism and greater willingness to make personal sacrifices for the good of all,” he said.Also, Speaker of the state Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, urged Muslims to celebrate the season in service to humanity.