Sultan Says Armed Herdsmen Are Foreign Terrorists

Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad AbubakarThe Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, says the so-called Fulani herdsmen moving with guns, causing violence, fighting with farmers are not Nigerians, but foreign terrorists.

The Sultan, in his Eid el-Kabir message to the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria said that these are foreigners coming into Nigeria to cause a breach of the peace.

According to him, “the so-called Fulani herdsmen moving with guns, causing violence, fighting with farmers are not Nigerians.

“Foreigners are the ones coming into Nigeria to cause a breach of the peace. They are therefore terrorists and should be treated as such by the Nigerian security agencies.”

The Sultan, while noting that Nigerian herdsmen were peace-loving, however, acknowledged that there are problems between Fulani herdsmen and farmers, which should only be resolved through dialogue.

He warned that “Nigeria would continue to lag behind if there is no peace and unity”.

“Our diversity should be our strength and God has not made a mistake by creating us with diverse differences.”

Eid-el-Kabir: We Must Never Forget Our Country In Prayers – Dogara

Yakubu Dogara, Speaker, Petroleum SectorSpeaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, has felicitated with the Muslim Ummah on the occasion of the Eid el-Kabir Sallah celebration.

In his Sallah message to Muslims, issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, Mr Dogara called on the faithful to use the period for sober reflection and to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice for peace, unity and progress of Nigeria.

The Speaker noted that peaceful co-existence and understanding as well as sustained prayers among citizens were essential in the face of the current economic and security challenges in the country which he said were not insurmountable.

“As we celebrate Eid-el-Kabir with our friends and families, we must never forget our country and its leadership in our prayers.

Eid-el-Kabir celebration is a period of sacrifice and reflection. I urge us all to emulate the virtues of total obedience, sacrifice in faith and selfless service as demonstrated and exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim”, the Speaker admonished.

He lamented the pains the citizens were undergoing which he said were occasioned by decades of maladministration and the near collapse of a mono product economy.

He expressed confidence that the diversification drive of President Buhari’s administration, coupled with its fiscal discipline and transparency would surely return the nation to the path of true development and prosperity.

Honourable Dogara also assure Nigerians that the House of Representatives is determined to continue to work selflessly and tirelessly for the common good and the overall interest of the country and her citizens through effective, efficient and robust law making, oversight and representation.

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.

Eid-el-Maulud: Dogara Commemorates With Muslims

DogaraThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has commemorated with Muslims on the celebration of the Eid-el-Maulud.

Hon. Dogara called on Muslim faithful to imbibe the spirit of humility, gratitude and charity to one another, as demonstrated by the life and times of the Holy Prophet Mohammed.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, the Speaker noted that the virtues of service and exemplary leadership as demonstrated by the Holy Prophet should guide both leaders and the led on the need to give their all in the overall interest of the nation.

“Let me use this occasion to call on us all to reappraise our commitment to the unity and progress of the country as entrenched by our forefathers,” he stated.

“On our part as lawmakers, we shall continue to come up with legislative intervention that will guarantee a virile and united nation.”

While wishing all Muslims a Happy Maulud Celebration, Hon. Dogara urged the Ummah to use the occasion of the Prophet’s birth to reflect on the essential lessons of his life and to pray for the continued well being of the nation.

Eid-el-Fitr: Amosun Preaches Peaceful Coexistence Among Nigerians

amosunAs Muslims around the world celebrate the Feast of Breaking the Fast (Ed-el-Fitr) on Friday July 16, the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has called on Muslims to be in the vanguard of the campaign for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.

In his Eid-el-Fitr message signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, Governor Amosun expressed hope that Nigeria will overcome its current challenges and emerge a strong, united and prosperous nation.

“The attributes of self-discipline, compassion, brotherliness and patriotism exhibited during the holy month of Ramadan, if sustained, will bring within our reach and attainment, the dreams of our founding fathers for a united and prosperous nation,” he said.

The Governor also tasked Muslims on respect for the sanctity of life, noting that “Islam is a religion of peace”.

Governor Amosun enjoined all adherents of Islam to continue to strengthen their relationship with the Almighty Allah through fasting and prayers and obedience to the teachings of Prophet Muhammed (SAW).

Amosun wished the Muslim Ummah a happy celebration.

Governor Yero Says Aggression Is Un-Islamic, Recommends Prayers To End Insurgency

Gov YeroGovernor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State has felicitated with all Muslim faithful as they celebrate Eid-el-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan.

In a statement signed by his Director-General, Media and Publicity, Ahmed Maiyaki, Governor Yero prayed that Allah would accept all their acts of worship during the holy period and also forgive their shortcomings and reward them with Paradise in the hereafter.

He called on Muslims all over the country to sustain prayers and to be genuinely committed towards resolving the current state of insecurity plaguing the nation, especially in some parts of the North, stressing that Muslims should lead the way in the quest to build a peaceful, united and prosperous Nigeria.

The Governor further urged Muslims to uphold the spirit of brotherhood of mankind as enjoined by Allah, by promoting peace, unity and progress in the entire Globe.

According to the statement, “It is a duty on all Muslims to make sacrifices towards ensuring peaceful and harmonious co-existence with adherents of other faiths just like the holy Prophet Muhammad did during his lifetime”, adding that aggression of any kind is un-Islamic.

“I therefore enjoin all Muslims to maintain the virtues of the holy Month of Ramadan and make the practices during this period a lifetime habit. By so doing, we shall imbibe the acts of humility and respect for human dignity as enjoined by the Holy Prophet of Islam (PBUH).”

On the role of his administration, part of the statement also read, “On our part as Government in Kaduna State, we remain committed to impartial and fair treatment of all citizens in the state, irrespective of whatever perceived differences.

“To us, what matters is the welfare of our people and we are determined to do good to all sections of the state. To us that is a divine obligation that cannot be compromised.

“I also urge all Muslims to use the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr to extend hands of friendship to citizens of other faiths in line with the divine injunction on all of us to do good to others as well as the practice of the Prophet of Peace, who showed love and mercy to all irrespective of differences.

“I wish the entire Muslim Ummah Happy and peaceful Eid-el-Fitr celebrations and may Allah sustain our lives to witness many more holy months of Ramadan in future.”

Imbibe Virtues of Holy Prophet, Amosun Urges Muslims

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has called on Muslim Ummah to imbibe the virtues and ideals of patience, equity and unconditional obedience as taught and exemplified by the Holy Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him).

He urged Muslims to use the occasion of the Eid-Maulud to reflect and continue to pray for the unity and co-existence of the country.

In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Funmi Wakama,  Amosun said: “As we commemorate the birth of Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him), let us use the occasion to collectively reflect on our polity and see how we can make more sacrifices in order to build a virile nation.”

Amosun enjoined Muslim faithful to continue to show love to one another through selfless service, honesty and tolerance at all times.

He also congratulated the entire Muslim Ummah and wished them a happy Eid-Maulud celebration.

Eid-el Kabir: Governors Urge Muslims To Embrace Peace, Seek Development

Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State, has congratulated Muslims on this year’s Eid-el Kabir, even as he urged them to galvanise their energies towards the development of the country.

In a congratulatory message by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Ita, Governor Imoke enjoined the Muslim Ummah, Nigerians and indeed all people of goodwill to remember the significance of the
celebration which is sacrifice, obedience and love.

According to Imoke, “as we celebrate this special season of Eid-el Kabir, I wish to charge you to direct your thoughts and energies in a positive way to help our nation realize its dreams of a better place for us all. Let us use the guiding spirit and philosophy behind the celebration to join hands with people of other faith to bring about peace in Nigeria, as it is one of the necessary requirements for development.

“As we share with one another love, let it be a reminder to us at all times that there is abundant premium in fidelity to Allah’s injunctions.

He also appealed to Muslim brothers and sisters “to continue to pray for the nation and her leaders for Allah to guide and direct our thoughts towards purposeful and selfless service.”

In a similar event, the Ogun state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, led other state executive council members to join the Muslim faithful at the two Rakat prayer held at the Lantoro central praying ground in the state capital.

During his address, the governor thanked the people of the state for supporting his administration policies and programmes while requesting for more support.

He assured residents of the state of his administration’s commitment towards socio economic development of the state adding that as part of his efforts towards moral rearmament, Islamic studies at primary and secondary levels of education will be re-introduced, as more teachers for the subject have been recruited.

The Kwara state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has charged Muslims that the Nigeria project must not fail.

In a message, signed by his chief press secretary, Alhaji Abdulwahaab Oba, to mark this year’s Ed-el Kabir celebration, governor Ahmed urged Muslims  to pray for peace and success of the nation.

According to Ahmed “our existence as a country is God’ ordained. We must entrust its success onto him. This celebration is another opportunity to pray for the strengthening of good neighborliness and nation building, through sacrifice and selfless service”.

Governor Ahmed said for Nigeria to realize its potentials as a nation, Nigerians of all religious persuasions must work collectively, but consciously, and submit to common religious doctrine of being our brother’s keeper.

According to the governor, “the 1434a.h Eid-el-kabir celebration provides another opportunity for us to reflect on the essence of sacrifice and humility as fulcrums for the promotion of harmonious relationship in our polity”.

Also, the Kogi state deputy governor Yomi Awoniyi called on Muslims to use the Ed-el-Kabir celebration as a period for displaying the virtues of tolerance understanding and good neighbourliness.

In his message, he congratulated muslims for seeing yet another Ed-el-kabir celebration, he called for prayers for the success of Governor Idris Wada’s administration and for peace and prosperity of the state and nation at large.

The deputy governor advised muslims and indeed Nigerians, to shun all forms of vices that could hinder harmonious existence with people of other faiths, saying “we must continue to appreciate that our strength as a people lie in our ethnic and religious diversities, hence, we should maximize the inherent advantages in such diversities through understanding and respect of the essence of the different faiths”.

Futhermore, the Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi has advised the Muslims in the state and Nigeria in general to remain steadfast in their faith in the Almighty Allah who has given them the opportunity to witness another Eid-el-kabir.

Speaking at the praying ground in Ado Ekiti, governor Fayemi said Ekiti is one of the most peaceful states in the country and would continue to be peaceful to ensure a smooth and peaceful conduct of the governorship polls next year.

He added that Nigerians, irrespective of their religion should see themselves as brothers and sisters and stop the killing of one another. Therefore, the nation’s security agencies should rise up to their responsibilities so as to provide adequate security in the country.