Sallah: President Buhari Marks Eid Prayers At Home, Wishes Muslims Safe And Happy Celebrations

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has wished all Muslims a happy and safe Eid as the country joins other Muslims across the world to mark the 2020 Eid El-Kabir celebrations.

In a statement on Friday, the President announced that he observed the Eid El-Kabir prayers at home with his family, in keeping with the advisories from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari celebrates the Eid El Kabir with his family at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on July 31, 2020.

 

 

 

He also urged all Muslims to put into practice the noble teachings of the Islamic religion and put the fear of God in their daily activities in order to make our society better.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari marks the Eid El Kabir prayers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while observing physical distancing on July 31, 2020.

 

Speaking further, the President acknowledged that the preventive guidelines that have been introduced to contain the spread of the Coronavirus have unfortunately limited people’s freedom to gather & worship in large numbers in Mosques and Churches.

He, however, called on Nigerians to continue to exercise patience and understanding until the nation and the world overcomes the pandemic.

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PHOTOS: Livestock Markets Abuzz As Muslims Mark Eid El Kabir Celebrations

 

Men are seen at a livestock market in Abuja ahead of Eid Al-Adha celebrations on July 30th, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

 

This is the second Eid prayer that the President would be marking at home with his family since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted life, infecting millions across the world and thousands in Nigeria.

Just over two months ago, the President had observed the prayers for Eid El-Fitr at home in line with advice from the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

 

The Eid El Kabir or Eid Al-Adha is an Islamic festival marked annually on July 31, to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ismail but after his faith was tested, a ram was provided and slaughtered instead. The slaughtering of cattle, remains symbolic for Muslims on this day.

 

In an earlier statement, he also noted that as part of efforts to stop the spread of the pandemic and flatten the curve, he would not be receiving visitors on Sallah homages.

Nigeria currently has 42,689 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the nation’s top disease control agency – the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

19,270 of those infected have recovered while 878 of them have died.

Governor El-Rufai Links Kaduna Crisis To Banditry

 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has linked the attacks in the southern part of the state to banditry. 

Southern Kaduna has been in the news lately after scores of persons were killed in the area, despite efforts by the Federal Government.

But El-Rufai said Kaduna is not the only state facing security challenges, explaining that Northwest and Northeast have been battling similar situations.

READ ALSO: Southern Kaduna Lawmakers Call For Arrest, Prosecution Of Perpetrators

He said during his appearance on Channels Television’s News At 10 and claimed that the crises have gained much attention due to the injection of ethnic and religious connotations.

 

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

 

“I think the issue is not just in Kaduna State. We have security challenges all across the Northeast and Northwest,” the former FCT Minister explained.

“But I think what makes Kaduna’s case situation unique and headline-grabbing is because of the injection of religious and ethnic connotations to the attacks and the clashes between the various ethnic groups.”

Since Kaduna has a long history of ethno-religious intolerance, he added, every criminal situation in the Northwest is given ethnic and religious connotation.

“That complicates things more difficult to resolve because religion, ethnicity and political are identity issues,” he said.

“They are very emotive and people tend to lose their calm and their heads in situations like this. That’s what complicates the issues.”

Lawmakers Irresponsibility

On some federal lawmakers from the southern part of the state raising the alarm of planned attacks in Kaduna after the Sallah celebration, El-Rufai berated them for being “irresponsible”and showing a “lack of leadership.”

 

The lawmaker representing Kachia Kagarko Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Honourable Gabriel Saleh during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on July 27, 2020 decried the spate of killings in Southern Kaduna.

 

He claimed that they (lawmakers) have a habit of not presenting the facts and always in a hurry to go the press instead of sending intelligence reports to security agencies.

“I think they should provide this kind of useful intelligence to security agencies,” El-Rufai said, noting that it will help the law-enforcers nip such plans in the bud.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOS: Muslims Mark Eid El Kabir In Abuja

Muslim faithful attend the Eid Al-Adha prayers at the National Mosque, Abuja on July 31st, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

 

Muslims in Nigeria on Friday joined other faithful around the world to observe the 2020 Eid El Kabir celebrations.

Eid El Kabir or Eid Al-Adha is an Islamic festival marked annually on July 31, to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ismail but after his faith was tested, a ram was provided and slaughtered instead.

 

Muslim faithful pray at the National Mosque, Abuja on July 31st, 2020 to mark the Eid El Kabir celebrations. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

 

In Nigeria, the day is usually declared as a public holiday and the public enjoys off days while schools and most businesses are closed.

However, the celebrations that usually accompany the festivities in many parts of the globe will not be felt this year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic just as the Federal Government has resolved to curtail its spread in Nigeria by advising people to observe all safety protocols especially physical distancing.

 

Muslim faithful prayers at the National Mosque, Abuja on July 31st, 2020 to mark the Eid El Kabir celebrations. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

 

But despite the restrictions, preparation for the event appeared to be in top gear between Wednesday and Thursday as people were seen travelling and livestock markets were buzzing with sales.

 

A man attempts to carry a ram bought to celebrate the Eid Al-Adha at a livestock market in Anagada, Niger State ahead of Eid Al-Adha celebrations on July 30th, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

 

Read Also: President Buhari Marks Eid Prayers At Home, Wishes Muslims Safe And Happy Celebrations

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has wished all Muslims a happy and safe Eid.

In a statement early on Friday, the President announced that he observed the Eid El-Kabir prayers at home with his family, in keeping with the advisories from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari celebrates the Eid El Kabir with his family at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on July 31, 2020.

 

He also urged all Muslims to put into practice the noble teachings of the Islamic religion and put the fear of God in their daily activities in order to make our society better.

Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, also wished Muslims a happy Eid.

 

 

In an interview with Channels Television, he asked them to pray for those who have contracted the COVID-19 as well as those who have lost their lives to the virus.

He appealed to them not to fret about not being able to gather to pray but rather, reflect on the lessons of Eid-El Kabir and practice it in their daily activities.

“Not gathering for the Eid for this Sallah celebration is due to the circumstance and the environment and it’s for the safety of all of us and that is crucial.

“The essence of today in our religion is about sacrifice. So, demonstrate it, to be able to pray for our health, those who have lost their lives, pray for forgiveness for them,” he said.

See more photos from the prayers in Abuja on Friday.

Sallah: We Will Enforce COVID-19 Protocols, Police Tell Adamawa Residents

Police Engage Suspected Kidnappers On Kaduna-Abuja Highway, Kill Nine
A file photo of police officers on a patrol van.

 

Police authorities in Adamawa State have urged the residents to maintain social distancing and observe all measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Olugbenga Adeyanju, made the appeal on Thursday on behalf of the State Police Command on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in Adamawa, Suleiman Nguroje, Adeyanju said the command would leave no stone unturned in enforcing the orders.

According to him, it is important for residents to observe the Eid celebrations bearing in mind the unusual times occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The police commissioner, however, congratulated the Muslim faithful who join their counterparts across the world to celebrate this year’s Eid el-Kabir.

He noted that it was a special period of sacrifice geared towards attaining wholesomeness and urged residents to voluntarily comply with the prevention regulations put in place by the government at all levels.

Adamawa is a state in Nigeria's north-east region.
A map of Adamawa, a state in Nigeria’s north-east region.

 

“The state will surely overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and other criminal activities,” an optimistic Adeyanju said.

He also assured the people of Adamawa of adequate security during and after the Eid el-Kabir celebrations.

The police commissioner stated that proactive and robust anti-crime measures, including the deployment of tactical and intelligence assets of the command, have already been put in place to prevent any untoward incident in the state.

He, however, insisted that the COVID-19 prevention regulation orders were still in force and it was important to comply with them.

Adeyanju’s position is in line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who asked Nigerians to remember the COVID-19 protocols during the celebrations.

Adamu also called for voluntary compliance with the ban on all mass socio-religious gatherings and other prevention orders directed at protecting the citizens and checking the further spread of COVID-19 in the country.

He asked the people to cooperate with the police, noting that the measures have become imperative due to the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic.

Sallah: Obey Ban On Mass Socio-Religious Gatherings, IGP Tells Nigerians

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In this file photo taken on on May 14, 2020, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, attends a meeting with the President in Abuja.

 

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has advised Nigerians not to forget the existing COIVD-19 protocols put in place to curb the spread of the virus in the country.

He gave the advice on Thursday in Abuja in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.

Mohammed explained that the call became necessary as the country, especially as Muslim faithful prepare for the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

He, therefore, called for voluntary compliance with the ban on all mass socio-religious gathering and other prevention orders directed at protecting the citizens and checking the further spread of COVID-19 in the country.

The IGP also asked the people to cooperate with the police, noting that the measures have become imperative due to the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of efforts to ensure a crime-free Eid-el Kabir celebration in the country, he directed the Commissioners of Police in all the states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, as well as their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police in the 17 Zonal Commands to intensify confidence building patrols in all nooks and crannies of the country.

Men are seen at a livestock market in Abuja ahead of Eid Al-Adha celebrations on July 30th, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

 

The police boss asked the senior officers to specifically ensure increased patrols on major highways and around critical national infrastructure.

While assuring Nigerians of adequate security, he congratulated the Muslim faithful in the country as they join their counterparts across the world to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival.

 

Security During Eid Prayers

In line with the directive of the police boss, the Yobe State Police Command said modalities have been put in place to provide adequate security at all praying grounds and places of public gathering around the state before, during, and after the celebrations.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Yobe, Dungus Abdulkarem, urged residents to confide in the command and other security agencies by providing useful information and prompt reporting of suspicious persons, movements, and objects around their places of abode.

Buyers carry rams bought to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir at a livestock market on July 30th, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television.

 

He also appealed to them to use the festive period to offer prayers for peace, protection against the COVID-19 pandemic, and the stability of Yobe and country at large.

Abdulkarem, however, announced that there would be restriction of vehicular movement from 11pm on Thursday to 11am on Friday, for the purpose of ensuring security during the Eid-el-Kabir prayers.

He noted that in view of the current situation caused by the pandemic, the police have advised all district heads, imams and Muslim faithful in the state to observe Eid prayers in accordance with the COVID-19 preventive measures.

COVID-19: Failure To Wear Facemasks Will Attract Six Months Imprisonment – Ogun Govt

 

The governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has announced that anyone who is caught moving about without a facemask, will be severely punished.

According to him, flouting the order can earn such persons up to six months imprisonment under an extant Regulation and State Law.

The governor said this at a briefing on Wednesday, ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir (Ileya), celebrations.

He also noted that the state will not be celebrating owing to COVID-19 restrictions which discourages large gatherings, whether for prayers or partying.

“We will all therefore have to celebrate solemnly with our families, as the Almighty Allah (SWT) grants us the grace to celebrate more Ileyas in our lifetime,” Abiodun said.

“All current measures and restrictions will remain in place for the general public.

“These include: 10 pm-4 am daily weekday curfew; total weekend lockdown; transport sector restrictions; decontamination and physical distancing; restaurants’ takeaway service allowance; measure compliance by industries; and wearing of facemasks, which if flouted is punishable by up to 6 months’ imprisonment under an extant Regulation and State Law.”

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See full statement below.

It is worrisome that Ogun State, like Nigeria, has witnessed an increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases since my last related press briefing.

Despite our having screened over 10,000 persons and also tested about 5,611 people as at yesterday, 28th July, 2020; we have 1,326 confirmed cases; out of which 1,068 have been discharged; while we have an unfortunate record of 23 related fatalities; with 227 active cases.

As we intensify efforts as a government therefore, I urge everyone to adhere to advisories rolled out by health authorities.

One of the two major discourses in the public domain is the reopening of schools.

Despite having initiated e-classes for students, we understand the uniqueness of physical classes, so we have made available Risk Assessment Forms on http://ogmoest.org to public and private schools to evaluate readiness for the adoption of the FG’s resolve to allow SS3 students resume on 4th August to prepare for SSCE (to begin on the 17th).

A mandatory virtual training is also being organised for school staff on decontamination, medical equipment, toilet facilities, flexibility of closing times, and special requirements for boarding schools.
The other discourse is the reopening of worship centres. After rigorous deliberations by the related Committee, I can announce that worship centres will tentatively reopen on Friday, 14th August, on the condition that they adhere to agreed guidelines, failing which we shall not hesitate to impose severe sanctions on erring centres. These are on the use of facemasks and hand sanitizers; distancing; and provision of medical, toilet and hygiene facilities including Veronica buckets. Others include:

A. Muslims to perform ablution at home and go to Mosque with personal praying mats;

B. Certified medical personnel to check worshippers’ temperature before admittance to venues;

C. Handshakes, hugs and air conditioners to be avoided in all centres;

D. Provision of isolation rooms, as well as digital cameras to record services, in each centre;

E. Adequate medical support to be provided for sick persons;

F. Duration of services not to be more than an hour and a half, while intervals in the case of multiples should be of the same duration;

G. Constant sensitisation on COVID-19, its dangers, preventive measures, and especially the susceptibility of the elderly, to be included in sermons;

H. Large worship centres (with more than 200 worshippers in a given service) to further pursue concurrence with the State Government Committee, towards ensuring ventilation and effective entry and exit management procedure and the avoidance of item sharing during Holy Communion;

Earlier today in an unrelated address, I announced that going by the counsel of the Ulammah and the resolution of the NSCIA, Ogun State will unfortunately not be celebrating the coming Eid-el-Kabir (called Ileya), which comes up on Friday, 31st July, owing to COVID-19 restrictions which disadvise large gatherings, whether for prayers or partying. We will all therefore have to celebrate solemnly with our families, as the Almighty Allah (SWT) grants us the grace to celebrate more Ileyas in our lifetime.

All current measures and restrictions will remain in place for the general public.

These include: 10pm-4am daily weekday curfew; total weekend lockdown; transport sector restrictions; decontamination and physical distancing; restaurants’ takeaway service allowance; measure compliance by industries; and wearing of facemasks, which if flouted is punishable by up to 6 months’ imprisonment under an extant Regulation and State Law.

I will not stop appreciating all first responders in health, security and the media, as well as individual and corporate organisations, for their unrelenting contributions and sacrifices towards flattening the curve on the COVID-19 spread and easing the effects of the pandemic.

PHOTOS: Muslims Get Set For Eid El Kabir Celebrations

A vendor displays his ram for sale at a livestock market in Anagada, Niger State ahead of the Eid Al-Adha celebrations on July 30th, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

 

Muslims in Nigeria are joining other faithful around the world to observe the 2020 Eid El Kabir celebrations.

Eid El Kabir or Eid Al-Adha is an Islamic festival marked annually on July 31, to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ismail but after his faith was tested, a ram was provided and slaughtered instead.

In Nigeria, the day is usually declared as a public holiday and the general public enjoys off days while schools and most businesses are closed.

However, the celebrations that usually accompany the festivities in many parts of the globe will not be felt this year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic just as the Federal Government has resolved to curtail its spread in Nigeria by advising people to observe all safety protocols especially physical distancing.

But despite the restrictions, preparation for the event appeared to be in top gear between Wednesday and Thursday as people were seen travelling and livestock markets were buzzing with sales.

 

See photos below.

 

Sallah: President Buhari To Mark Eid Prayers At Home 

President Buhari will not be receiving visitors at home during the Eid-El-Kabir celebrations

 

President Muhammad Buhari will observe the Eid El-Kabir Prayers with his family at home, a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu said.

It would be the second Eid prayer that the President would be marking at home with his family since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted life, infecting millions across the world and thousands in Nigeria.

Just over two months ago, the President had observed the Eid prayers for Eid El-Fitr at home in line with advice from the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

“In wishing all Muslims a safe and happy Eid, the President reiterated the protocols as issued by the PTF that large gatherings, as much as possible, should be discouraged,” Mr Shehu’s statement read in part.

“Where small groups choose to hold the Eid together, face masks are absolutely necessary, as is social distancing. Advisedly, such prayers should hold outdoors and worshippers are encouraged to bring their own prayer mats.”

Also, as part of efforts to stop the spread of the pandemic and flatten the curve, the President would not be receiving visitors on Sallah homages.

He urged Nigerians to observe COVID-19 protocols as the mark the occasion.

Nigeria confirmed its first COVID-19 case on February 27. Since then, the pandemic has spread to all states and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.

 

Nigeria currently has 41,804 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the nation’s top disease control agency – the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

18,764 of those infected have recovered while 868 of them have died.

Lagos, with 18,848 cases is the epicentre of the pandemic in Nigeria, accounting for 45 percent of the country’s total infections.

 

Confirmed Cases by State

States AffectedNo. of Cases (Lab Confirmed)No. of Cases (on admission)No. DischargedNo. of Deaths
Lagos14,84812,5272,129192
FCT3,5602,4421,07741
Oyo2,6681,4541,18727
Edo2,2125491,58479
Rivers1,6912661,37352
Kano1,5662471,26653
Delta1,4831841,25742
Kaduna1,3903101,06812
Ogun1,3262351,06823
Ondo1,10853854822
Plateau1,01652846919
Ebonyi77615659624
Enugu76932642518
Kwara74952221116
Katsina74226245723
Borno6121656135
Gombe6076352123
Abia5451144265
Bauchi539851813
Osun50026922011
Imo4663401179
Benue346282586
Bayelsa3274226421
Jigawa322330811
Nasarawa310792238
Niger2247913312
Akwa Ibom221931217
Sokoto153013716
Adamawa14046859
Anambra132457512
Ekiti12467552
Kebbi904797
Zamfara771715
Yobe664548
Taraba5443110
Cross River402893
Kogi5032

Sallah: FG Declares July 30, 31 As Public Holidays

A file photo of the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola.

 

 

The Federal Government has declared Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir Celebration.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah.

According to the statement, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, congratulated Muslim faithful and all Nigerians both at home and abroad on the occasion.

“He called on the Muslims to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, peace, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) and to also use the period to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country especially as the world is witnessing global health challenges caused by Covid-19 pandemic,” the statement partly read.

While reiterating President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s commitment to battling the scourge of COVID-19 pandemic, Aregbesola asked for the cooperation of all Nigerians.

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The Minister stressed that the Federal Government will continue to foster peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and stability in its march towards actualizing the nation’s full potentials.

He, therefore, called on the masses to support the government “in its avowed determination to build a peaceful, harmonious and prosperous country, where the rights of every citizen, are protected and guaranteed, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The Minister also advised Nigerians to take responsibility against the spread of the COVID-19 virus, urging the citizens to stay safe by observing physical and social distancing, personal and respiratory hygiene, as well as other regulations issued by relevant authorities.

Sallah: PTF Warns Against Mass Gathering, Says COVID-19 Protocols Remain In Force

PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, addressing reporters in Abuja on July 27, 2020.

 

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has called on Nigerians to continue to comply with the measures put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.

PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, made the call on Monday at the briefing of the task force in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, he specifically urged Muslims to remember that the COVID-19 protocols remain in force.

Aliyu asked them to avoid mass gatherings during Sallah and observe social distancing while observing the Eid prayers.

He said, “We would want to remind us all that the safety guidelines for the second phase of the ease of lockdown is still in place for the purpose of public safety.

“In fact, the protocols we have designed with regards to places of worship remain effective as at the time we open mosques and churches.”

The national coordinator called on clerics not to allow people into the mosques without face masks and ensure that the total duration for prayers, including sermons, should not exceed one hour.

He also appealed to people who feel unwell or show symptoms of COVID-19 to stay at home to support measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.

A file phot of the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III.

“For this reason, the PTF strongly advises against mass public gatherings in any form; safety is important, infection control measures must be observed in public spaces at all times.

“We urge states and religious bodies to make specific determination and recommendations regarding Eid congregation in their respective states,” Aliyu stated.

He added, “I will like to echo the statement by the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs released yesterday under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III and I quote, ‘we are living in unusual times where normalcy has become abnormal, including social gatherings and large congregational prayers.

“Muslims are enjoined to note that Eid al-adah is not a compulsory religious activity and should only be observed if the security of our own lives as well as our health, is maintained.”

According to the national coordination, the Sultan has asked Muslims to continue to act according to the established protocols in their various communities and locations in Nigeria during the forthcoming Eid celebrations.

Eid-El-Fitr: Lawan Congratulates Muslims, Praises Frontline Workers

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

 

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has congratulated Nigerians, especially the Muslim Ummah on the occasion of the Eid-El-Fitr.

In his Sallah message, the Senate President noted that the celebration marked the breaking of fast and the end of the Holy month of Ramadan.

He also commended the frontline workers in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.

Lawan said, “I congratulate the Muslim faithful on the successful completion of the fasting period despite the formidable challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic which stood between us and total observance of key rituals of the period.”

READ ALSO: Nigeria Marks Eid-El-Fitr Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

“I wish to specially commend all our healthcare and other essential services providers who are at the frontline of the fight against COVID-19 and assure them of the full support of their lawmakers and representatives for victory against the vicious enemy,” he added.

The lawmaker called on Nigerians to continue to observe the health precautions and sustain the acts of purity, charity, perseverance, and tolerance in their daily lives and general conduct, even as the holy month has ended.

He also asked them to keep praying for Nigeria and for God’s intervention against all the challenges confronting the nation and the world in general.

The Senate President assured Nigerians that the National Assembly would continue to provide the initiatives and responses expected of a responsible Legislature in a vibrant democracy, and as an arm of a caring government.

He also urged the Muslims to celebrate with restraint as recommended by the spiritual leaders and relevant authorities.

Sallah: Secondus Asks Muslims To Pray For Nigeria Over Leadership Failure

A file photo of National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus
A file photo of National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus

 

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, believes Nigeria needs to be rescued from failed leadership.

In his Sallah message released by his media office on Saturday, Secondus urged all muslims in the country to seek God’s face as a remedy.

Sallah marks the end of the 30-day Ramadan fasting period by Muslim faithfuls.

Islam is one of two major religions in Nigeria.

“Our refusal to allow the lessons of Ramadan influence our conduct is the reason we continue to suffer despite the lavish blessing from God to us as a nation,” Secondus said.

“The lessons of the last 30 days of fasting and prayer will be meaningless in our lives if the solemnness of the period does not influence our thoughts and actions in relating with one another.”

Secondus said the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the failure of leadership in Nigeria.

He added that while leadership has always been a problem in Nigeria, “President Muhammadu Buhari and his ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, elevated the failure to an unprecedented level that only a fervent prayer to God can save the country,” a statement from his media office said.