President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday in Lagos urged Nigerians to have faith in God, and join hands to build the country, even as he assured that “ the country will experience peace, stability and prosperity”.
Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communication and Strategy, Dele Alake, in a statement, said President Tinubu expressed confidence that the Almighty Allah would not burden the country with what it cannot bear.
The President who joined Muslims to observe the Eid-el- Kabir prayers in the early hours on Wednesday at the Obalende Eid ground, Dodan Barracks, Lagos, told reporters after observing the prayers, stressed the need for unity and cooperation, appealing to Nigerians to eschew ethnic and religious rivalries.
“I thank Almighty Allah for keeping us in good health till today and pray to Him to grant us robust health and prosperity. May our sacrifices turn to prosperity. We have to make the sacrifices and that is clear, we have to.
“But Allah will not give you a burden that you cannot carry. He is there for us. We must have faith in the country. Have faith in ourselves, believing that as citizens of this country, we must join hands to build the nation.
“No religious identity, no tribal identity, let us live with one another in joy and prosperity. Nigeria will see peace, stability and God will grant peace to those of us at the warfront.”
The President also used the occasion to pray for Nigerian troops in the frontline in the fight against insurgency, saying it is his earnest desire and that of the nation that they emerge victorious.
The Eid prayer, which started at 9 a.m. was led by the Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sheikh Sulaiman Oluwatoyin Abu-Nolah.
The Chief Imam later performed the obligatory slaughtering of ram at the Eid prayer ground in celebration of the significance of the noble act of Prophet Ibrahim in total obedience to Allah’s command.
Speaking on behalf of Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat felicitated Muslims across Nigeria and in the state for the joy of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, urging them to unite behind President Tinubu in his determination to make the country better.
“It is our duty to pray for our leaders. We must pray for our President that God should help him to succeed in the task before him.”
The prayer was also attended by the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, former Governor of Lagos State and immediate past Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, among other notable government officials and top politicians.