By our reporter
Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade has congratulated Muslims on the successful completion of the 29-day Ramadan fast and urged them to pray for peace and unity in the country as they celebrate the festival of Eid-el Fitri.
In his Eid-El-Fitr message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Barrister Christian Ita, the Governor called on all Nigerians to join hands to build a greater and peaceful Nigeria irrespective of religion, tribe, ethnic and political affiliation.
“I heartily congratulate the Muslim Ummah on the successful completion of the Ramadam fast; I also felicitate with them on the celebration of Eid-el Fitri to mark the end of the fast.
“Ramadan is an important and reinvigorating spiritual exercise, and I therefore, call on Muslims, particularly in our dear state, Cross River to, at all times, imbibe the lessons of Ramadan which resolve round love, sacrifice, peace and unity.
“All our country needs at this time is peace and unity and I urge you to make these two items the focal point of your supplications to the Almighty Allah as you celebrate Eid-el Fitri”, the Governor said.
Admonishing the Muslim Ummah on the import of abstinence and sacrifice, Ayade said, “I am optimistic that prayers, abstinence and sacrifices made during the holy month will continuously reflect in the daily life of the Muslim Ummah in Cross River State in particular and Nigeria in general”
He commended the Muslim Community in Cross River “for exhibiting a high sense of patriotism and being partners in fostering a peaceful and progressive Cross River where all citizens co-exist in peace.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank the Muslim community for its support for my administration in the last eight years”, the governor added.
While wishing Muslims a happy Eid-el fitri celebration, Ayade urged them to “also remember the poor and less privileged people in our midst and extend a hand of love and support to them as Islam teaches us to be our brother’s keepers.”