Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger has called on Nigerians to use this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration to fix the country.
Bello said in a statement to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration on Thursday in Minna that there was no better time to reposition the country for greatness than now.
He urged Nigerians not to allow the present administration’s zeal and commitment in tackling the country’s challenges go in vain.
The governor said the state and federal governments had exhibited high sense of commitment to move the country towards greatness.
According to him, Nigerians should ensure that the commitment of the current administration to resolve the country’s myriads of challenges was not allowed to slip away without results.
“It is on record that no administration has given this much political will to reposition the country like the present one and we cannot afford to disappoint the future generations by allowing the present opportunities to slip away.
“We have to strengthen our faith, be hopeful and remain supportive of government policies in order to fully actualise its determination of fixing the country.
“We have no better time to get Nigeria out of the woods than now. We have to resolve as a people to ensure that our system, our economy, our socio-cultural values and ethos work again.
“We have to support government in its quest to see our country great again”, Bello said.
The governor advised Muslims to imbibe the lessons of sacrifice, patience, humility, obedience and fear of Allah, which characterised the Eid-el-Kabir festival.
He urged them to internalise the virtues as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim (AS), who demonstrated loyalty and obedience to God by accepting to sacrifice his only son, who also accepted to be slaughtered in servitude to Allah (SWT).
Bello advised the people to be law abiding during and after the festive period and support proactive security measures in checkmating potential criminal intentions before they were hatched.
The governor prayed for successful and hitch-free Sallah celebrations for residents, and prayed for safe return of pilgrims from Saudi Arabia.