by on September 12, 2016

I wish all my Muslim friends and Nigerians a joyous Eid-El-Kabir. It is my sincere desire your prayers will be acceptable to Almighty Allah and that your sacrifice will count as Ibadah before Him.

In as much as this is a time for celebration, it is also a time for deep reflection as to the state of our nation as well as the role of Islam and our leaders in ensuring that we recover from it.

In the recently concluded election season, many of our political leaders used religion as a tool with which to manipulate the Nigerian electorate. As a result, more than ever before, we are deeply divided as a nation along religious and ethnic fault lines.

Many Nigerians harboured hope that President Muhammadu Buhari would work to heal this divide and unify the country. This has not happened. In fact, if anything, his actions and inactions have made things worse.

In addition, we have been thrown into the middle of the worst economic crises Nigeria has witnessed in nearly three decades. Various other aspects of our social lives have badly deteriorated.

It is in this light that I call on Muslims nationwide to reflect on what we need to do as a country to stop religious and ethnic polarization as well as to resolve the economic malaise in which we find ourselves.

It is in this light that I call on Muslim faithful nationwide to reflect on how we can elect more credible leaders in 2019 who will lead us to socio-economic prosperity and religious/ethnic cohesion.

As you celebrate the season, I urge Muslims, and as many members of other faiths as possible, to share the joys of the celebration with one another.

Eid Ul Adha Mubarak

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