BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Assembly, Senator Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila have felicitated with all Nigerians and in particular the Muslim Ummah on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitr which marks the breaking of fast and the end of the Holy month of Ramadan.
In a statement he personally signed, Senator Lawan assured on behalf of his colleagues that the National Assembly will continue to provide the initiatives and responses expected of a responsible Legislature in a vibrant democracy and as an arm of a caring government.
Lawan congratulates the Muslim faithful on the successful completion of the fasting period despite the formidable challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic which he noted stood between the people and total observance of key rituals of the period.
According to Lawan; “Even as the holy month has ended, I enjoin us to continue to observe the health precautions and sustain the acts of purity, charity, perseverance and tolerance in our daily lives and general conduct.
“We should also continue to pray for Nigeria, our dear country, for God’s intervention against all the challenges that confront our nation and our world.
“I wish to specially commend all our healthcare and other essential services providers who are at the front line of the fight against COVID-19 and assure them of full support of their lawmakers and representatives for victory against the vicious enemy,” he said.
The Senate President called for restraint as enjoined by spiritual leaders and relevant authorities during the celebration and wished Nigerians Eid Mubarak.
In his own message, Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila enjoined every Nigerian Muslim to be of good character and remain the best of examples, taking after the Holy Prophet and to also pray for an end to insecurity and other challenges that the nation faces.
While congratulating Nigerian Muslims for concluding this year’s Ramadan fast and marking Eid-el-Fitr peacefully, Gbajabiamila urged Nigerian Muslims to imbibe virtues such as feeding the needy, being their brother’s keepers and prayers for peaceful coexistence that usually come with the month of Ramadan.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker further urged the Muslim faithful to pray fervently for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic that has been ravaging countries all over the world, including Nigeria.
He said Muslims should also adhere strictly to the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW), whom he described as the best for all Muslims to emulate.
Gbajabiamila said; “I bring to Nigerian Muslims warm greetings at this season of Eid-el-Fitr. It is a season of remembrance of the good things that the Almighty Allah has done in our lives.
“Unfortunately, this year’s Eid-el-Fitr will be celebrated low-key, not for our own making, but that is how our Creator wills it. That is why we all must return to Him in prayers to bring an end to this COVID-19 pandemic.”