As Nigerians join their counterparts worldwide to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, has called on Muslims to imbibe the values of sacrifice, love and unity.
Ambode, in his Sallah message on Thursday, said that the celebration was a clarion call for Nigerians to imbibe the season’s lesson of selfless service to God and humanity.
He said that the significance of the season should be beyond the festivities but towards sincere commitment to righteous conducts in private and public lives.
“As we celebrate this auspicious occasion, let us renew our faith in our nation and implore the almighty God to restore to us those values that place high premium on human life, love of neighbour and sharing even as we ventilate our faith in the unity of our dear country.
“This period requires more patience, fortitude, tolerance, endurance, patriotism and a greater willingness to make personal sacrifices for the good of all,” he said.
According to him, the real essence of the festival is not in the meat or the blood of the animal but to encourage piety, self-discipline and sacrifice.
Ambode therefore called on all Nigerians to exhibit these values for the good of the country and shun any act capable of heating up the polity or causing distrust among various ethnic groups in the country.
Ambode also thanked Lagos residents for supporting his administration, assuring that the government would continue to do its best to serve the people and promote fairness and mutual tolerance among the populace, irrespective of backgrounds.