Northern Governors Forum on Thursday rejoiced with Muslims in Nigeria as they join others all over the world to mark the Eid-el-Maulud.
Chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong in a statement signed by his director of Press and Public Affairs, Simon Macham, called on all Muslims to use the occasion and reflect on the virtues of love, tolerance and compassion as exemplified by the Holy Prophet.
Lalong also asked for sober reflection among Nigerians, saying the current situation in the country called for patience, understanding, honesty, sincerity, kindness and collaboration in overcoming various challenges.
He said the forum continues to crave the prayers of all Nigerians for wisdom and guidance to enable them serve the people with the best intentions and visionary programmes that will alleviate poverty and improve the living conditions of the people.
In same vein, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State sent a message of goodwill to all adherents of the Islamic faith in the state on the Eid El Maulud celebration which commemorates the birth of the Holy Prophet Mohammed.
The governor used the opportunity to sue for peaceful coexistence amongst the diverse ethnic and religious groups in the state, and specifically charged Muslims in Abia to sustain the peace that has defined life in the state.
He urged them to see this event as a platform for spiritual renewal and to pray for calm and peace in the state, especially in the aftermath of the violent protests of the last couple of days.
In a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sir Onyebuchi Ememanka, in Umuahia, Ikpeazu reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to be relentless in the pursuit of a conducive environment for everyone to pursue his legitimate undertakings and practice his religion without any fear of molestation.
For his part, Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, while felicitating Muslims in the state and across the world said the Maolud Nabbiy celebration provides an avenue for Muslims to extol and reflect on the virtues of Prophet Muhammad, whom he said was sent by Allah as a mercy to mankind.
The governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, said the best way Muslims could celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad was to emulate his remarkable character and virtues.
“I congratulate the Muslim community in Osun and across the world on the celebration of this year’s Eid-el-Maulud. As we commemorate the birth of Holy Prophet Muhammad, I urge my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters to emulate the remarkable character and virtues of Prophet Muhammad.
“This is the best way we can celebrate him.
“Prophet Muhammad was sent as a mercy to mankind by Allah. He was a great and compassionate leader. So, as his followers, we must always show compassion and love to one another irrespective of religious or ethnic differences.
“I admonish Muslims and all Nigerians to use this occasion of the commemoration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad to pray for peace, progress and development of our dear State and country at large,” Oyetola advised
Also felicitating with the Muslim faithful on the celebration, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada urged them to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness, honesty, love and patience as exemplified by Prophet Muhammad during his lifetime.
He said the best way to celebrate the birth of the Holy Prophet was to strictly follow the teachings of the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet.
He equally admonished Muslims faithful to use the period to pray for peace and unity of the country at this critical time of nation building.
Special Assistant on Media to the Minister, Mr Ibrahim Aliyu in a statement added that the Minister wished all Muslims in Nigeria and across the World a happy and successful celebration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.