The Kogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Ichalla Wada has congratulated Muslims for witnessing this year’s Eidel-Kabir festival and called on religious leaders in the country to emphasize the virtues of hard work, tolerance and honesty as vehicles for rapid socio-economic development.
Captain Wada in a Sallah message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Mr. Jacob Edi stated that Nigerians have come a long way and urged people of all faiths to work for the continuous integration and economic well being of the country which he noted were the dreams of her founding fathers.
He expressed delight in the sacrifices and recent victories of security operatives working to contain terrorism in the country and called on all Nigerians to daily remember the patriotic fighters in their prayers and supplications to God.
The Governor added that Nigerians should go beyond seeing the Edir-Kabir festival as just another public holiday and an annual ritual for wining and dinning, but rather use the period for spiritual renaissance and deep reflection on the tenets of holiness, love and peace which he noted are the pillars of all religions.
The Governor therefore called on leaders of Muslims, Christians and traditional worshipers to always see one another as children of the same creator and to preach messages that will always underscore that brotherhood, good neighborliness and peace.