Over 500 clerics from various religious faiths and ethnicity have assembled in Abuja for the grand finale of the 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme organized by The National Interfaith and Religious Organisations for Peace (NIFROP). This was contained in a statement by Sheik Ahmad Jibrin, a Co-Convener in Abuja.
The statement stated that the 500 clerics were drawn from all parts of Nigeria in solidarity of the initiative to pray and fast for the unity of Nigeria in this critical point of its existence.
“We have successfully come to the end of the 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme designed by the National Interfaith and Religious Organisations (NIFROP) to pray and fast for Nigeria for God to unite Nigerians in our quest for national unity.”
“The 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme was such a huge success in that Nigerians from all ethnic and religious affiliations gathered and prayed in one voice for Gods intervention against the evil plot by some enemies of Nigeria to see to the disintegration of the country.”
Sheik Ahmad Jibrin also stated that what Nigeria needs in this critical point of its existence was prayers and supplication to God for the grace for Nigerians to see that the myriads of challenges been experienced are the handiwork of distractors who are angry with the level of growth and development in the country in the past four years.
“We have prayed and fasted and the revelations we received are indicative of the fact that Nigeria shall experience and unimaginable level of unity now and in the years ahead.”
According to one of the clerics that came to Abuja for the grand finale of the 40 days’ prayers and fasting programme, Pastor Stephen Okwu, he stated that one of the reasons why they have agreed to converge for the grand finale was because of the multiple revelations on the need for all Nigerians regardless of ethnic or religious beliefs to come together and pray for Nigeria.
“We are convinced beyond doubt that God, in His infinite mercies, has indeed heard the cries of his children for people of diverse religious faiths to congregate and pray for the common good of the country. Those of us Christians, as well as our Muslim brothers and sisters, have constantly interacted and agreed in one voice to be a part of this historical event that the Lord Almighty in his infinite mercies has made to come to pass.”
in a similar vein, another cleric Imam Abdul Ibrahim also stated that the purpose of the gathering is to show solidarity to a noble cause towards ensuring the continued unity of Nigeria.
“The unity of Nigeria supersedes tribes and religion, and that is why you can see the large turnout of Muslims and Christians for the grand finale of the 40 days’ prayers and fasting programme in Abuja.”
“We see ourselves as Nigerians before our tribes and religions, and this is contrary to what the enemies of Nigeria want and Insha Allah they have been defeated by the large turnout of people drawn from various parts of Nigeria.”
“As you can see, the turnout is massive, and the composition is an indication that Nigerian clerics have indeed embraced this laudable initiative and that is why over 500 clerics have gathered here in Abuja.”
In his remark, Bishop Sunday Garuba, a co-convener of the 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme stated that the 40 days’ prayers and fasting programme are essentially to intercede on behalf of Nigeria for God to deliver the country from the evil that wants to see to its disintegration.
“The large turnout of clerics from all over Nigeria for the grand finale of the 40 days’ prayer and fasting programme is an indication that Nigerians have indeed have risen above religious sentiments to pray and fast for the unity of the country and to put to shame the evil plans of the enemies against the unity and progress of Nigeria.”
It would be recalled that the National Interfaith and Religious Organisations for Peace (NIFROP) commenced a 40 days’ program of fasting and prayers for the unity of Nigeria. The programme which is holding at the Unity Fountain in Abuja attracted Christian and Muslim faithful’s from across the country.
The event which ends on the 9th of September 2019 has so far attracted 500 clerics from various religious organizations as well as ethnicity across Nigeria to pray and fast for the unity of Nigeria.
Eid-El Fitr: Gov. Bala Urges Muslims To Emulate Prophet Muhammad By Making Sacrifices Beneficial To Less Privileged People
Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, Kauran Bauchi has enjoined Muslim ummah in the state to emulate prophet Muhammad by making sacrifices for the benefit of less privileged members of the society as they celebrate this year’s Eid-El fitr.
The Governor in a Goodwill message on the occasion of the 2020 Eid-El fitr celebration, urged them to use the celebration to reflect on their past activities so that they may take corrective measures towards improving their relationship with their creator.
According to him, Eid-El fitr celebration marks the end end of the mandatory fasting which entailed abstinence from some of the most basic human needs such as eating, drinking and pleasure of the flesh during the day.
” Fasting strengthens our faith in the Almighty Allah and purifies our souls and guides our utterances and conduct, muslims believe that Ramadan teaches self discipline, self control, sacrifice and empathy with those who are the less privileged thus encouraging actions of generosity and clarity.
” It is my hope that we will continue to be responsible in both our utterances and conduct even after the Ramadan period, as believers, we should be guided by the teachings of Ramadan in our day to day dealings with our brothers and sisters and extend hands of fellowship to adherents of other faith.
He also called on them to consider the occasion a period to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness, love, generosity and respect for one another.
Governor Bala Mohammed said the state government on its part, is committed to maintain peaceful and harmonious coexistence amongst the various interest groups in the state and therefore appealed for tolerance and accommodation by the different ethnic, religious and political groups.
” I would like to appeal to all and sundry to join hands with the Government towards our resolve to establish a peaceful, prosperous and United Bauchi state. ”
On COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor observed that the, current economic downturn and its attendant consequences arising from the virus will no doubt have adverse effect on how majority of the people celebrate the Eid-El Fitr.
” I want you to see this as a temporary set back that affects the whole world and will be over in no distant future by the grace of Almighty Allah. Government has eased the lockdown restrictions in consideration of the tremendous achievement recorded in preventing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.”
He tasked people not to relax in taking preventive measures such as, maintaining social and physical distancing, observing constant washing of hands with soap and water, use of face masks among others.
He assured that, government is doing everything possible to alleviate the sufferings of its people in addition to the measures taken to contain the spread of the disease.
” Government is not unaware of the discomfort our people are facing both economically and spiritually as a result of this pandemic, that is why I directed the early payment of May salaries and pensions to enable the workers and retirees to celebrate the Eid-El fitr joyfully, I assure you that the present administration will not fail in its responsibilities to see to the welfare of the people of the state.”
Governor Bala Mohammed used the opportunity to call on all motorists to observe traffic regulations so as to reduce accidents on highways throughout the period of the celebration.
Eid-el-Fitri: Oyo State Governor Felicitates Muslims, Calls For Prayers For Nigeria And States
The Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has congratulated Muslims in the state and beyond on the successful completion of the month-long Ramadan fasting.
He expressed gratitude to Muslims and residents of the state for remaining steadfast despite the situation imposed on the state by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor equally rallied them to use the auspicious occasion of the Eid-el-Fitri to make supplications for themselves, the state and Nigeria.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted Governor Makinde as saying that it was regrettable that Muslims in the state and across the country cannot observe Eid-el-Fitri prayer this year the usual way, adding that the situation should be seen as “part of the sacrifice we all have to make at this time.
”He said: “It is gratifying to note that we are concluding this year’s Ramadan on a good note.“Despite the current COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the whole world, the Almighty Allah allowed Muslims in Oyo State to join the Muslim Ummah in making supplications for the forgiveness of our sins.
“I remain grateful to my Muslim brothers and sisters and residents of the state for remaining steadfast despite the situation imposed on us by the COVID-19 pandemic.
”Governor Makinde sought for the continued support and cooperation of the Muslim Ummah and all residents of the state in adhering to the COVID-19 protocol such as wearing of face masks, observing social distancing, regular washing of hands and eating of immune-boosting foods and others, as directed by the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force.
He promised to continue to make life more meaningful to all residents of the state, reiterating his administration’s commitment to the socio-economic transformation and the infrastructural revolution currently going on in the state.
“On the part of this pacesetter government, I solemnly promise that we shall continue to make life more meaningful to all the people of Oyo State through policies and programmes that are godly and humane.
“As we look forward to an end to the current gloom and a return to normalcy, let us continue to work together for the safety, wellbeing and prosperity of our state.“Once again, I felicitate our Muslim brothers and sisters and our community,” the governor said.
Sallah Celebration: Gov. Ayade Urges Muslims To Embrace Love And Unity
Cross River State Governor, Sir Ben Ayade has urged peace, love and unity among Nigerians as Muslims celebrate Eid-El- Fitr which marks the end of the thirty days Ramadan Fast.
The Governor in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity,Mr Christian Ita said Nigerians must use the period for a sober reflection on the state of things in the country.
While congratulating the Muslims Ummah for completing one of the Five Pillars of Islam, he urged them to remember that moderation is important in everything one does.
He said the poor and less privileged people in society must be catered, a principle which informed his decision to exempt low income earners from taxation, including the petty traders in Bogobiri Muslim Community.
He told the faithful that the month of Ramadan is intended to teach all Ummah how to live good and compassionate lives which must continue even after the Ramadan fast.
“Ramadan is a month of sacrifice, abstinence and above all, love and care for humanity. I encourage you all to be your brother’s keeper. Look out for your neighbour in the firm belief that he too will look out for you and most importantly always use your face masks while going out to contain the Spread of Covid-19 disease.
“As you celebrate Eid-el-fitr, which marks the end of the Ramadan fast, I urge everyone, regardless of your religious beliefs, to continue to keep the peace and to live in unity with one another in Nigeria and particularly in Cross River State”he said.
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