Eid-el-Kabir: Etsu Nupe urges Muslims to pray for Nigeria’s peace, unity

Alhaji (Dr) Yahaya Abubakar, Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, has called on Muslims to use the Eid-el-Kabir celebration to pray fervently for the peace and unity of Nigeria.

The Etsu Nupe, who disclosed this in his Sallah message at the Eid praying ground in Bida on Wednesday, expressed optimism that Nigeria would be the ultimate beneficiary of the spiritual lessons from the Sallah celebration.

He said with prayers, the fear of Allah, peaceful coexistence, mutual respect and love, Nigerians will work together to harness the abundant resources as a progressive nation.

The royal father appealed to Muslims to emulate Prophet Ibrahim’s virtues of sacrifice, obedience and submissiveness to the will of Allah, to be successful in life.

“Today’s celebration is a commemoration of total submissiveness and obedience to the will of Allah, as exemplified by Prophets Ibrahim (AS) and Ismail.

“It is also a lesson on the virtue of keeping our promises to Allah and to our fellow man,” Abubakar said.

“Prophet Ibrahim made a vow to sacrifice his son to Allah, and when it was time to fulfil the promise, he didn’t back out, this is a strong virtue worthy of emulation.

“It was in appreciation of that gesture that Allah converted what would have been a human sacrifice to that of a sheep,’’ the royal father added.

The monarch advised Muslims to shun societal ills and always endeavour to do good, for the betterment of all.

He implored the Muslim Ummah in his kingdom and the country at large to reflect on the significance of the celebration, which borders on encouraging piety, sacrifice and love.

Alhaji Abubakar also admonished Nigerians to strive to live in peace with each other, irrespective of religious , political, cultural and ethnic affinity.

According to him: “We should also continue to be our brothers’ keepers, to collectively foster peace, unity and socioeconomic development of the country.

“The Almighty Allah has created us in different ways, with varying potential and faith, cultures and ethnicities.

“But, our rich diversities should serve as our formidable unifying factors and not divisive ones.

“The Almighty Allah has not made a mistake by creating us together in Nigeria,” Alhaji Abubakar stressed

Alhaji Abubakar appealed to wealthy individuals in the country to assist the less privileged, to enable all and sundry to celebrate Eid-el- Kabir with ease.

“The present socio-economic predicament that we are facing requires such assistance from well to do individuals in the country.”

He said, “God has endowed wealth on people not for themselves and their immediate family, but for the benefit of society.

The monarch charged Muslims faithful to continue to pray to God to assist President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and other elected and appointed leaders to overcome the current economic meltdown.

The monarch also charged the people of his domain to send their children to school to acquire both western and Islam knowledge.

Alhaji Abubakar prayed for the safe return of Muslim Ummah who are in Saudi Arabia to perform this year’s pilgrimage