As the federal government declared today, 29th October 2020 in celebration of Eid-el-Maulud, the President, Muhammadu Buhari urged all Nigerians to use this year’s Eid-el-Maulud to reflect on the virtues of the Holy Prophet by showing love and understanding for fellow citizens.
This contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
The statement partly reads:
“In a message to Muslims commemorating the birthday of Prophet Mohammed (SAW) which is being marked as a public holiday, the President urged all citizens, and the youth, in particular, to shun all negative tendencies as manifested in the recent hijacking of peaceful protests to loot and destroy public and private property.”
“He also reiterated his promise to bring police officers responsible for misconduct as well as the looters to justice.”
“Looking at the trends in the other countries, we must do all we can to avert the second wave of the pandemic.”
“We must make sure that our cases, which have gone down, do not rise again. Our economy is too fragile to bear another round of lockdown.”
Also, Ahmad Lawan, the Senate President, and the Chief Whip of the red chamber, Orji Uzor Kalu, on Wednesday congratulated Muslims on the celebration.
Lawan in a statement noted that this year’s celebration “comes at a time that Nigeria is striving to restore law and order in the chastening aftermath of the #EndSARS protest.”
He said: “Our harrowing experience over the past few weeks underscores the need for us as a people of faith to imbibe and demonstrate in our every conduct the virtues of love, peace, and tolerance which Prophet Mohammed personifies.”
He, therefore, urged the youths to embrace peace and engage government through dialogue.
Similarly, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase, also enjoined Muslims and all Nigerians to pray for the country and show more love for one another.
Gbajabiamila, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, said the celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad should be used to pray for peace, progress, and unity of the country, especially at this period of challenges facing the country.