President Bola Tinubu and state governors, during the Sallah celebrations, expressed their assurance to the Nigerian people that the current economic hardships they are facing will eventually lead to prosperity. They acknowledged that the present difficulties are necessary and emphasized that the sacrifices made by the people will pave the way for abundance and a better future for the country.
President Tinubu, speaking in Lagos after observing the Eid prayers, emphasized the importance of making sacrifices and having faith in God and the country. He stated that the current economic hardships are bearable burdens, as Allah will not give a burden that cannot be carried. Tinubu called for unity among Nigerians, urging them not to let religious or tribal identities overshadow their national identity. He also expressed his prayers for the success of Nigerian troops in the fight against insurgency.
The Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sheikh Sulaiman Abu-Nolah, led the Eid prayers, emphasizing the need for Muslims to strengthen their relationship with God through intensive prayer. The prayers were attended by top government officials, including the Chief of Staff to the President, the National Security Adviser, and a former governor of Lagos State.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, after observing the Eid prayer, urged the people of the state to be law-abiding and security-conscious. He expressed gratitude for the progress made during his tenure as governor and called on the citizens to be patient with the current government led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, assuring them of better days ahead.
The Katsina State Emir, Dr. Abdulmumin Kabir, joined other Muslims in observing the Eid prayers and urged them to remember the virtues of strong faith in God, perseverance, and humility associated with the festival. The Emir’s message emphasized the importance of love, peace, and sacrifice in creating a united and prosperous society.
In the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, urged residents to embrace the spirit of Eid-el-Kabir by showing kindness and generosity to one another. He called for prayers for the peace and prosperity of the country and its leaders at all levels of government.
The opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), congratulated Nigerians on the Eid celebration and urged Muslims to pray for justice and the will of God in the nation’s affairs. The party expressed concern over the economic hardships faced by Nigerians under the current government and criticized what they perceived as anti-people policies.
In response to the PDP’s criticisms, the Presidency defended the achievements of the APC government led by President Bola Tinubu, stating that the opposition party was envious. The Presidency highlighted the progress made within a short period and attributed it to the mental capacity, managerial acumen, and vision of the current administration.
Governors and leaders from various states, including Rivers, Bayelsa, and Kano, also extended their greetings and emphasized the importance of faith, unity, and sacrifice during the festival. They called on the people to reflect on the virtues of obedience, love, and selflessness and to work together for the well-being and prosperity of the nation.
The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alh Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, commended Muslims for their commitment to Islam’s principles and called for strengthening bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood. The JNI expressed concern over the deteriorating condition of ordinary Nigerians due to extreme poverty and high-level inflation and urged leaders to make adjustments and implement policies to improve citizens’ lives.
The TY Buratai Foundation, founded by former Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen Yusuf Buratai (retd.), congratulated the Muslim community and called for sustained prayers for President Bola Tinubu.