President of CHESTRAD Global, Dr. Olufunmilola Lola-Dare, has charged Muslim faithful and all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, peace and sacrifice, as demonstrated by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) and to also use the period to pray for the unity and prosperity of the country.
In a message by her media office in Lagos at the weekend, Lola-Dare appealed to all Nigerians to shun those, who for selfish reasons, fan the embers of primordial sentiments to tear the country apart, dwarfing its growth.
Lola-Dare noted that this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival offers another opportunity for sober reflection and spiritual renewal which Allah demands from the faithful.
Urging the Muslim faithful and adherents of other faiths in the country to make peaceful coexistence their watchword and work together for a more peaceful, united and prosperous Nigeria, Lola-Dare said, “This symbolic Islamic festival is a constant reminder to us that, there will always be great rewards when we have abiding faith and patience during trying periods and remain persistent in prayers.
“It also reminds us of the sacrifice we are to make not only for spiritual fulfilment but for the development of our society and advancement of humanity. Development and progress would only be achieved in an atmosphere of peace, unity and mutual respect. We must, therefore, eschew situations that can further divide us as a people.
“I extend warm greetings to the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria as they celebrate Eid-el-Kabir Sallah festival.
“As we celebrate, let us remember the poor and the needy in line with God’s injunction to be our brother’s keeper. Quite importantly, it is also a time to pray for our dear country to overcome current security and economic challenges.”