The Lagos State Amirul Hajj and Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef, has expressed optimism that Nigeria would experience rapid growth if leaders and the led sacrifice their ego and work selflessly to make the country great again.
AbdulLateef AbdulLateef, in a statement to felicitate with Muslims, celebrate Eid-el-Kabir festival across the globe on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, implored people to reflect on the essence of the festival.
The statement, issued by Olalekan Murisiku, Media Assistant to the commissioner also stressed that sacrifice made by all and sundry could lead Nigeria back to the path of fulfilment.
The state Amirul-Hajj said that sacrifice was the bedrock of the Eid-ul-Adha festival as demonstrated by Prophet Ibrahim and his son, Ismail.
“Don’t just celebrate by slaughtering rams, Eid-ul-Adha is otherwise known as the Festival of Sacrifice.
“The essence of the festival is to teach selflessness, humility, obedience and sacrifice. Allah does not need the blood or flesh of the animal you slaughtered, but your piety.
“Sacrifice your food by providing food for those who are hungry, sacrifice your mansions by providing shelter for the displaced and homeless ones, put smiles on the faces of people in sorrow and the needy.
“There are many things you have been blessed with that you can sacrifice part of it for the betterment of fellow Nigerians,” he said.
The commissioner advised Nigerians to sacrifice their ego, pride and talents bestowed on them and work with others to promote religious tolerance, love for fellow citizens, unity and peaceful coexistence among people of different tribes.
“We cannot build a formidable nation without working together; we cannot live happily as citizens without loving one another.
“Our unity and cooperation are sacrosanct to all-round development and growth. We should sacrifice what we have to add value to Nigeria.”
He urged Nigerians to pray for the success of 2019 general elections.
According to him, Nigerians must rise up in defence for our democracy by active participation in politics while people should go beyond social media lamentations to exercise their franchise by voting people with the fear of God.
“Those who failed to register and collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC); those who distance themselves from voting during elections are not helping the country.
“Your vote is your power, vote wisely and shun money bags politics,” he said.
Abdullateef enjoined Nigerians seeking elective positions to renew their commitment to serving people with dignity without heating up the polity.
While wishing Nigerians a memorable Sallah celebration, AbdulLateef emphasised the need for people to be security conscious of happenings within their environment during and after the festivity.
By Oluwashina Iyanda