President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Friday congratulated all Muslim faithful on the celebration of Eid El Maulud which is principally to commemorate the birthday of Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Saraki, who is the Baba Adinni of Ansar-ul-Islam Worldwide, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, thanked all muslims across the country for their steadfastness and prayers for the peace and unity of the country.
He urged them to use the solemn moment afforded by this holiday to visit their neighbours and donates valuable gifts to the needy.
“I rejoice with all muslims on this auspicious day which marks a significant epoch in the annals of humanity. On this day, the great Prophet of Allah was born,” Saraki said. “To me, there is no better way to make this day memorable in our families and communities, than for us to embrace one another with love as brothers and sisters.
“While I acknowledge your prayers so far, I want to enjoin us not to rest on oars. With prayers we can count on Allah’s divine intervention to help us surmount any kind of difficulty we may be experiencing in our lives as individuals and as a country.
“Let us further commit to peace and orderly conduct in all our dealings by allowing the spirit of sacrifice to rule our hearts as epitomized by the Holy Prophet. I believe that peace and unity is the foundation on which we can build an edifice of progress and development as a nation. If we all follow the lessons in the holy Quran and the Hadith of the Holy Prophet, our society will be better and conducive for all to thrive,” he stated.
He prayed for God’s mercy and continuous guidance for all leaders in the country so that they can discharge their responsibilities in ways that would benefit the poor and needy in society.
In his message, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike called on the Muslim Community in the state to use the celebration of the Eid-el-Maulud, the Birth of Holy Prophet Mohammed, to advance the cause of religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence.
According to a statement by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, Governor Wike said that his administration will continue to promote religious tolerance amongst all residents of the state.
He advised Muslims to imbibe the virtues of love, peace, communal living promoted by the Holy Prophet Mohammed.
While wishing Muslims a wonderful Eid-el-Maulud celebration, the governor urged them to always pray for the government and people of the state.