BY: Nick Nwaneri, Calabar
Cross River State governor, Professor Ben Ayade has greeted Muslims faithful on the occasion of Eid El Fitri.
The governor congratulated the muslim community for fasting successfully through the 30 days Ramadan period and urged them to imbibe the teachings of the Prophet Muhammed on the essence of the religious obligation, insisting that “this is the time, more than ever before, to connect to the virtue of love, compassion, unity and generosity which Prophet Muhammed symbolises and which the holy month of Ramadan taught us”.
Ayade whose charge was contained in an Eid-El-Fitri message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita appealed to the Muslim Ummah, particularly in Cross River State to shun divisive tendencies capable of drawing back the country’s wheel of progress and development.
He urged Muslims in the state to be law-abiding and continue to pray for a peaceful Nigeria especially as the country is preparing for elections “because with prayers and supplications to God every problem is surmountable”.
Continuing, the governor said: “I call on you, dear Muslim brothers and sisters who have been part of us in the state and government to at all times adhere to the essence of Ramadan and the teachings of Prophet Muhammed by showing tolerance, generosity, love and unity as well as by embracing mutual co-existence among the diverse ethnic nationalities in the country, especially in our dear state, Cross River.
“Divided we achieve nothing but united we achieve all, even beyond our expectations. Let us therefore, be closely knitted in brotherhood and in love to advance the cause of unity and progress in our country especially as another political transition draws near.”
While wishing muslims a wonderful and peaceful Eid El Fitri celebration, Ayade enjoined them “not to stop the act of spiritual rejuvenation as recorded during the holy month of Ramadan.”