July 18, 2024

Eid-el-Kabir: Some level of sacrifice needed to advance Nigeria – Tinubu

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Sunday, observed the Eid-el-Kabir festivities by praying in the Eid ground in Lagos, where he advised Nigerians on the need for more care for their neighbours and extend charity to all in the spirit of the season.

Speaking with journalists after Eid-el-Kabir prayers in Lagos on Sunday, the president said some level of sacrifice is also needed to advance the country as it currently stands.

Borrowing from the sermon of the Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sheikh Suleiman Oluwatoyin Abou-Nolla, Tinubu said, “We have been told by the Chief Imam how we can follow the path of sacrifice. The sacrifice required of a good citizen. Citizenship comes with responsibilities. As citizens, what do we need to do to be committed members of our society? Yes, that is sacrifice; loving your country. Loving your neighbours. Sharing what you have with each other. And to always be thankful to Almighty God”.

Earlier, the Lagos Imam while leading the prayers, urged the Muslim faithful to love more, sacrifice and cater for the poor and the most vulnerable in society.

“Our leaders like the late Sir Ahmadu Bello, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, to mention a few, sacrificed their knowledge, wealth, sweat, and even life, to the growth and development of the country we call ours today. All their activities and actions were geared towards nation-building.

“We must therefore ensure that their sacrifices are not in vain. It is incumbent on us to follow their footsteps to ensure that this nation, Nigeria, continues to grow in leaps and bounds,” he said.

The Chief Imam ended his sermon by praying to God Almighty to grant the President the strength and wisdom to deliver on his vision for a better and prosperous nation.

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