Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has called on rich Nigerians to show empathy and love as well as extend acts of charity to the less privileged Nigerians by reaching out to such persons during the Muslim festival of Eid-el-Kabir.
Speaking in his Eid message to Nigerians, Atiku said the times call for sober reflection on the state of the country regretting that many more people have been pushed below poverty lines.
While expressing the hope that the future will be a lot better for Nigerians and the country, Atiku further expressed confidence in the peaceful co-existence of all Nigerians.
He said the hardship across the country which has made Nigerians struggle daily to survive and the rising disunity among Nigerians, are part of reasons everyone must join hands to salvage the country.
Congratulating Muslims in Nigeria and across the world on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, Atiku called on Nigerians to ensure they register and massively participate in the February 2023 elections.
His statement reads: “As we celebrate, I wish to remind you that the essence of the celebration of the Eid-el-Kabir is about sacrifice, love, and hope for peaceful coexistence in our dear country, and the world at large.
“The purpose of the celebration has a bold reflection on Nigeria. Our country is broken and insecurity has become a daily menace staring all our compatriots in the face.
“The hardships in the land and the harrowing experiences that people go through to survive, and the pervasive lack of unity amongst Nigerians, are the reasons we must do a sober reflection on the state of our Nation, as we mark this year’s Sallah.
“Therefore, selfless sacrifice and communal love as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim and his son, Ishmael, should guide us, as we submit ourselves and needs to the Will of Allah.
“If we emulate the righteousness and great virtues of the Holy Prophet, mankind shall no doubt receive the reward of Allah’s love and mercy.
“Meanwhile, the privileged and wealthy ones amongst us need to intensify their acts of charity to the less privileged. There’s love in sharing.
“Let’s work in concert to purposefully lessen the hardship facing our brothers and sisters. Let’s love our neighbours as ourselves.
“I wish to also task the government at all levels to play its Constitutional role, by being upright and dutiful and prioritise the needs of the people they have taken an oath to serve. The unity, security and development of our country are sacrosanct.
“The expression of love and sacrifice symbolised by the Eid-el-Kabir celebration has a strong effect on the relationship between the government and the governed. It is incumbent on the government to optimally discharge its responsibilities to the people. It is only when this is done that there can be love between the government and the governed.
“Love is a pre-condition for God’s mercies and blessings, and truth must guide all relationships, especially between the government and the people.
“As stakeholders, the citizens too should take a lesson from the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir by being up and doing in their civic responsibilities.
“As we inch towards the deadline on the ongoing voter registration exercise, the people must ensure that they play their roles by not just getting their Permanent Voters Card (PVC), but casting their votes for the best candidates in the election next year.
“Above all, I pray for peace during and after the Eid celebration even as I task Nigerians to work even harder in ensuring unity of all peoples, tribes and faiths in the country.”