Royal Display As Muslims Celebrate Eid-El-Fitri

Muslims in Nigeria joined their counterparts across the world to celebrate Eid-El-Fitr on Tuesday.

The festival marks the end of the month-long Ramadan fast.

In Niger State worshippers gathered at the Minna Eid ground as early as 7:00 am.

Among them were members of the royal families led by the Emir of Minna, Umaru Farouk. They added colours to the event as they rode on their colourfully adorned horses and camel to the eid ground.

The Deputy Governor of Niger State, Ahmed Ketso and top government officials were also at the Eid ground to observe prayers.

Delivering sermon before the commencement of the prayers, the Chief Sermoner, Muhammadu Masha’Allah urges Muslims to imbibe the virtues of Prophet Muhammad which include love for humanity, neighbourliness, and righteous living.

Members of the royal families led by the Emir of Minna, Umaru Farouk also added colours to the event as they rode on their colourfully adorned horses to the eid ground.

Horse riders also added colours to the celebration at Bauchi eid groud.

See photos below…

President Buhari Celebrates Eid-El-Fitri With Ministers, Service Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday hosted a representation of Muslim faithful and Christian community at the Presidential Villa in Abuja in celebration of the end of Ramadan fast.

This was after he observed prayers at the at the Mabilla Barracks in Asokoro.

Also, Service Chiefs including the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, NSA Major General Babagana Munguno (Rtd), Director General DSS, Lawan Daura and Director General NIA, Ahmed Rufai were also at the presidential villa to celebrate the Eid-El-Fitri.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello during the visit presented a giant greetings card to President Buhari on behalf of residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to mark the celebration.

READ ALSO: Eid-El-Fitr: Forgive And Embrace Peace, Buhari Tells Nigerians

The chaplain of the State House Chapel, Pastor Seyi Malomo, who is also a top pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) also presented a giant greeting card to the President, to wish him and his family a happy Sallah.

Some children were also at the villa to celebrate with the President.

In response, President Buhari urged Nigerians to work together irrespective of religious beliefs for the unity of the nation.

See Photos Below…

Eid-El-Fitri: Ooni Calls For Religious Tolerance, Peaceful Coexistence

Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II.

 

The Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has felicitated with the Muslim faithful on the completion of the 2018 Ramadan fast, called on all to imbibe the spirit of religious tolerance to allow peaceful coexistence.

The monarch, in his Ramadan message signed on Friday by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Moses Olafare, said the Ramadan month is one of purity and faithfulness. He admonished Muslims to henceforth abstain from any act of ungodliness, even after the Holy month of Ramadan.

READ ALSO: Eid-El-Fitr: Saraki, Dogara Ask Muslims To Pray For Nigeria

“I fervently believe you all have fulfilled the spiritual obligations attached to the holy Ramadan and come out with renewed spiritual energy, purified heart of kindness and forgiveness.

“You must rededicate yourselves to the service of Almighty Allah and humanity. Purify your souls, repent on your wrongdoings, observe self-sacrifices and devote your attention to ensuring peaceful coexistence with members of other religious sects as human beings serve one God,” Ooni Ogunwusi said.

Ooni is currently on a two-week peace and unity visit to Brazil accompanied by an entourage including 17 notable Yoruba traditional rulers drawn from the southwest states, Kwara State, scholars, priests, members of Herbal Therapy Society Of Nigeria led by Chief Akintunde Ayeni.

Eid-El-Fitr: Embracing Peace Pathway To A United Nigeria – Ambode

Eid-El-Fitr: Embracing Peace Pathway To Building A United Nigeria – Ambode
File photo: Akinwunmi Ambode

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, believes it is only by embracing peace, unity and fairness that Nigerians can begin a rebirth.

He stated this in his Eid-el-Fitri message to the people issued on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna.

Governor Ambode 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.

He also asked them to imbibe the tenets of love, tolerance, forgiveness and brotherhood which the period of the holy month exemplifies.

According to the governor, with brotherly love and harmonious co-existence among her citizens above all other things, Nigeria can overcome the numerous challenges confronting her.

He observed that the nation has witnessed an appreciable level of development in the last three years, despite the seeming economic challenges, while 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,” Ambode said.

He stressed further that the spirit of Eid-el-Fitri resonates around the virtues of love and respect not just for God, but also for fellow humans.

Governor Ambode maintained that it is only in the spirit of brotherly love and dedication to national service that Nigerians can build the desired nation.

He also thanked Lagos residents for their continued harmonious and peaceful co-existence in the midst of diverse ethnic origin and religious affiliation.

The governor wished all Muslim brothers and sisters in the state and across the country a happy Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

Eid-El-Fitri: Ambode Calls For Tolerance, Unity

Ambode Swears In LASIEC Commissioners, DG Safety Commission
File photo

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has called on Nigerians to be tolerant and remain united regardless of their ethnic, religious or social status.

According to Governor Ambode, it is only by embracing peace, unity and fairness that Nigerians can ensure that the country makes meaningful progress.

The governor made the call in his Eid-el-Fitri message, a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna, said.

“As we celebrate this auspicious occasion, 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,” Governor Ambode was quoted as saying.

He thanked residents of Lagos State for their continued harmonious and peaceful co-existence in the midst of diverse ethnic origin and religious affiliation.

“With your demonstration of love for your neighbour and the willingness to serve, our State will continue to be a model of what patriotic Nigerians will want our dear country to be,” he added, while wishing all Muslims in the State a happy Eid-el-Fitri celebration.

Eid-El-Fitri: FG Declares Monday, Tuesday Public Holiday

Eid-El-Fitri: FG Declares Monday, Tuesday Public HolidayThe Federal Government has declared Monday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 27 as public holiday to mark Id-El-Fitri celebration.

The Minister of Interior, Retired Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on Thursday in Abuja on behalf of the Federal Government.

He urged Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general to use the occasion of the celebration for sober reflection and pray for peace, unity and progress of the nation.

The minister also asked Nigerians to shun hate speeches and divisive tendencies and join hands with the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to build a peaceful, strong and united Nigeria.

He said such step would guarantee fundamental freedoms, including the right of residence in any part of the country as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Dambazau wished Nigerians a peaceful and rewarding celebration and assured the people of government’s resolve to be just and fair to all.

Army Reopens Dikwa-Mafa-Gamboru Road

Nigerian ArmyThe Nigerian Army is celebrating successful counter insurgency operations by reopening the Dikwa-Mafa-Gamboru road in Borno State.

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, in a ceremony marking the end of the 2016 Army Day celebration with the State Governor, Kashim Shettima in attendance has declared the road safe for civilian passage.

The 138km road was unceremoniously shut down over two years ago following terror acts by the outlawed Boko Haram sect in the area.

The newly reopened Maiduguri-Mafa-Dikwa-Gamboru/Ngala road connects Nigeria to Central and North Africa from the North-eastern region.

The road is considered strategic as it leads to towns believed to be the economic life wire of Borno State.

On assumption of office in 2015, the Chief of Army Staff, on his way to an operational visit to troops in Gamboru had been ambushed by Boko Haram elements operating in the axis.

Re-opening of the road for civilian use follows successful mop up operations in the area since then.

Government officials say closure of the road had almost crippled the commercial prowess of Borno State.

Theatre Commander of the counter insurgency war tagged “Operation Lafiya Dole”, Major General Lucky Irabor, believes that reopening of the road for commercial activities amidst security presence would encourage people to return home.

Medical outreach for sick Internally Displaced Persons in the Dikwa camp, home to over 58,000 people as well as the launch of a solar powered borehole was part of the Army Day celebrations.

The Army Chief also hosted the displaced to a lunch to celebrate the Eid El Fitri and the achievements of troops on the frontlines.

Governor Kashim Shettima commended the gallantry of the Nigerian armed forces and the civilian joint task force for their contributions towards peace building.

Damboa-Biu road linking Adamawa and Gombe states had earlier been reopened while troubled Buni Yadi in Gujba area of Yobe State had also been reopened all within the last four months.

Oil Workers Postpone Strike, Meeting With FG   

PEngassan, oil workersNigerian oil workers have postponed their proposed strike at least until Monday next week when negotiations are opened with the federal government.

Leaders of the oil workers union say the action is being put on hold until their leadership is able to meet with the government delegation to table their grievances.

That meeting was originally scheduled for today (Thursday, July 7) but has been moved to Monday because of the three day public holiday this week to celebrate Eid El Fitri.

The Ministers of Labour and Petroleum will represent the federal government at the meeting expected to hold at the NNPC Towers in Abuja.

Dogara Felicitates With Muslims On Eid-El-Fitri Celebration

Yakubu Dogara, Muslims, Eid-el-FitirThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated the entire Muslim Ummah across Nigeria on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, in Abuja, the Speaker urged Muslims to use the period of Eid-el-Fitri to pray for Nigeria to overcome its present challenges.

Dogara also asked Muslims to allow the lessons of humility, sacrifice, love and selfless service garnered during the 30-day fast to guide their lives and activities.

He noted that the holy month of Ramadan afforded Muslims the opportunity to show compassion, mercy and kindness to their fellow men and also advised that they should continue to put smiles on the faces of others beyond the Ramadan period.

“May I use this opportunity to urge the faithful to use the occasion to reflect on the lessons of Ramadan and continue to imbibe its teachings which are primarily premised on selflessness, sacrifice, patience, modesty and spirituality”, Dogara admonished.

The Speaker also called for prayers for the success of the country’s leadership under President Muhammadu Buhari for God to continue to guide, protect and give him the wisdom to steer the affairs of the state and actualise the change agenda.

Affirming the National Assembly’s commitment to upholding the tenets of democracy and championing the cause of the electorates at all times, the Speaker promised that the House of Reps would continue to initiate laws and legislative interventions to support the change agenda and improve the living conditions of Nigerians.

Full Text: President Muhammadu Buhari’s Eid-El-Fitr Message To Nigerians

Eid-El-Fitr Message To The Nation From President Muhammadu Buhari

Eid-El-Fitr, BuhariI felicitate with all Nigerians, especially the Muslim Ummah, on the occasion of this year’s Eid El Fitr, which marks the completion of the Ramadan fast.

I congratulate Muslims in Nigeria and around the world on the successful completion of this month-long spiritual journey of fasting, prayer and almsgiving in obedience to the Divine Command.

I sincerely pray that the Almighty Allah will reward our sacrifices with increased blessing and a more prosperous future.

On this happy occasion, it is my strong belief that all true followers of Islam have been rejuvenated on the true meaning and essence of life and through the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), we have learnt to imbibe the virtues of piety, sacrifice, love, self-denial and good conduct in our daily relationship with one another.

As we celebrate another Eid El Fitr, I admonish all patriotic Nigerians to uphold these lessons and also appreciate the numerous material and human blessings God has endowed us with.

Let us learn to show gratitude, respect and tolerance to one other, irrespective of our religion, tribe, language and political leanings, as we forge ahead to build on our strengths and opportunities to make Nigeria great again.

On Monday this week, the Vice President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and other government officials joined me to host Iftar reception at the State House with Nigerians of different backgrounds including Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), artisans and Physically-challenged persons.

Like I said during the reception, I want to once again appeal to those of us who have the means, to remember the millions of Nigerians who are suffering deprivation because of violence perpetrated by terrorists.

I am not unaware of what Nigerians are going through and I want to use this medium to commend the amazing sacrifices of Nigerians in the face of the temporary economic and social challenges and also reassure Nigerians that my administration is working assiduously towards providing basic needs and other amenities.

Let me also use this opportunity to reaffirm that we will not relent in the fight against corruption and we will ensure that all appropriate and legal measures are deplored to root out this malaise.

I commend the Armed Forces and security agencies for the gains recorded in the fight against terrorists and the rescue of hostages in the North East part of the country.

I also appeal for the support, understanding and patience of all Nigerians and our international partners as we explore the fastest means to end the economic sabotage in the Niger Delta and amicably resolve the conflicts within the region.

I promise you all better days ahead even as we remain grateful for your unflinching support to our administration.

Happy Eid El Fitr celebration and may the Almighty Allah continue to bless our nation.

Eid Mubarak!

Muhammadu Buhari

July 5, 2016

Saraki Urges Muslims to Sustain Virtues Learnt During Ramadan

CCT, Saraki, Senate President, CCTThe Senate President, Bukola Saraki has asked Muslim faithful to sustain the values and virtues which the holy month of Ramadan has taught them.

This was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on  Media and Publicity, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu in commemoration of the 2016 Eid-el-Fitri.

Senator Saraki also asked all Nigerians to remain steadfast and prayerful in the face of daunting socio-economic challenges.

He stated that the country can only regain its lost glory when the citizenry uphold the virtues of good neighborliness and eschew intolerance of other people’s opinion, corruption, abuse of power, disregard for due process and disobedience to the laws of the land.

The Senate President also asked Boko Haram insurgents and other agents of destabilization across the country to retrace their steps and give peace a chance in the spirit of the Eid-el-fitri.

Senator Saraki further stated that Nigerians who nurse one grudge or the other against the state should seek for legitimate and peaceful means of expressing their grievances.

Security Beefed Up For Eid El Fitri Celebrations In Plateau

Plateau State, eid el fitriSecurity agencies in Plateau State are leaving no stone unturned towards achieving a hitch-free eid el fitri celebration with the deployment of security personnel across the state.

There was also a show of force across Jos and Bukuru metropolis by members of the joint security task force comprising of the Army, Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Customs, Immigration, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Acting Commander of Operation Safe Haven, Brigadier General Abdulasalam Ibrahim, reminded the troops not to relent on their efforts of securing citizens particularly during the festive period in spite of embarking on the show of force.

In addition to the military show of force, the State Police Command has also placed a ban on the use and sales of fireworks with vehicles and tricycles not to be packed within praying grounds.

The use of motorcycles to worship centres is also prohibited as part of security measures for a hitch-free celebration.