Lawmakers in both the National and State House of Assemblies have felicitated with Muslims in the country as they celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir festival.

On his part, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, urged Muslims to pray for peace and quick recovery of the country’s economy.

The member of the Senate representing Lagos-West Senatorial District, Senator Solomon Adeola, also enjoined all Muslim faithful and all Nigerians “to continue to persevere and pray for peace and progress as the nation is facing a tough economic climate due to recession”.

Saraki, in his Sallah message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, urged Nigerians to remain steadfast and committed to the cause of one, united and developed country.

He noted that despite the current economic challenges, the country and its people had all that was required to come out better and stronger.

Saraki said, “Truly, times are tough but we are a tough people too. Therefore, I have no doubt that we shall overcome our present economic setback sooner than anticipated, if we all commit to the ideals of nation building.

“I also enjoin every one of us to contribute in strengthening the bond of unity and oneness that exists among us. This, I believe, will spur us to avoid negative tendencies that could derail our efforts at ensuring faster economic revival and socio-political stability.”

Adeola was quoted in a statement by his Media Adviser, Kayode Odunaro, as saying the present economic downturn was “a passing phase that will soon be over with correct government policies and people’s cooperation with government”.

Meanwhile, Osun State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Najeem Sallam urged Nigerians to celebrate this year’s Eid-il-Kabir with fervent hope, sense of gratitude to God and prayers  for the governments at the National and state levels to turn around the economy of the country.

In its Eid-il-Kabir congratulatory message, signed by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, the Assembly said, the economic situation, currently facing the nation require all supports needed in the administration’s strive towards rapidly overcoming its challenges.

Osun Assembly submitted that great individuals as well as nations have stories of bumpy roads in their journey to greatness, stressing that the resilient and indomitable spirit of Nigerians, and sacrifice by all, would pave the way for possibilities.

Noting that it was understandable that the economic situation in the country has taken tolls on virtually every Nigerian, it said the efforts, to turn things around should inspire hope and courage in the people.

According to the statement, it was a public knowledge that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has designed economic strategy that would eventually make Nigeria better than what it was.

The parliament which commended Nigerians, especially, the people of  Osun for their perseverance and patience in the face of economic crunch,  said, more patience and sacrifice are required by all.

It called on the people to exhibit highest ideal of kindness, generosity and love especially to the under-privileged as they celebrate the Eid-il-Kabir.

It cited that the good fight given to Boko Haram insurgents after all hopes were lost, was enough to give confidence in the ability of the present government to make things work again.

Also charging the present Federal Government to meticulously monitor and review its economic strategy in such a way  that it would quickly address the pains that Nigerians are going through, the assembly said, such strategy would bring succor to the lives of the citizenry.

“It is understandable that Nigerian are going through very hard time, owing to the poor economic situation and this has been causing a lot of pains.

“These pains cannot be unconnected with depreciation in the price of naira, drop in the oil prices, scarcity of money in circulation and the corruption that had affected all the fabrics of our economy which the present government is now struggling to fight.

“On the other hand, it is understandable that the government led by President Buhari is working hard to turn things around.

“Therefore, while the citizenry should have more patience, tolerance, endurance, patriotic and greater willingness to make personal sacrifices for the good of all, the government must also strive towards rapidly overcoming  economic and developmental challenges in the nation”, it said.

Congratulating Muslims on the celebration of the festival, he urged all to be ready to make sacrifice in line with the teaching of  Prophet Muhammed which sacrifice, faith and obedience informed the Eid-il-Kabir.

On his part, the Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade 111, called on the Muslim Ummah to use the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir to offer special prayers for leaders at all levels of government.

According to the monarch, in the spirit of Sallah, Nigerians must be bury their differences in order to work together for the progress of the nation.

In a statement signed by his Private Secretary, Toyin Ajamu, Oba Oyewumi said: “As we celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, I wish to urge Muslims to embrace the teachings of the holy Qu’ran and exemplary qualities of Prophet Mohammed by demonstrating love, togetherness, brotherhood, selflessness and alms-giving in their daily pursuits.

“As a nation, we must continue to live in peace and harmony regardless of ethnic, political and religious differences. We should see our heterogeneous nature as an advantage and not a misfortune.

“Let us remain law-abiding and patriotic in order to build a prosperous nation.”

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