The immediate past governor of Abia State and Senator representing Abia Central Senatorial District, Sen. Theodore Ahamefule Orji, has urged Muslims in Nigeria to reflect on the values of sacrifice as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir.
In a Sallah message signed by his Media Adviser, Don Norman Obinna on Sunday, Sen. Orji said that the importance of Sallah celebration is to imbibe the lessons of commitment, dedication and obedience to constituted authority as demonstrated by Prophet Ibraheem in his willingness to sacrifice his son in respect to the commandment of God which Eid-el-Kabir memorializes.
The former governor also said that Sallah would not have come at a better time than this period that Nigeria is at a grave economic and political intersection adding that if confidence and faith in the unity of the country must be restored, Muslim faithful must use the occasion to pray for the country ceaselessly.
He however challenged Muslim faithful in the country to be worthy ambassadors of their faith by typifying all the virtues that distinguished Prophet Mohammed saying it is imperative to our collective belief in one Nigeria.
“Prophet Mohammed was epitome of piety, peace, love and tolerance; I encourage our Muslim brothers to be guided by these awesome traits to ensure our unity and peaceful coexistence as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir,” he said.
Sen. Orji further urged all Nigerians to use the occasion to eschew religious and ethnic violence and demonstrate the spirit of tolerance, unity, forgiveness and compassion for fellow citizens as that is the only way the country would move forward and maintain her status as the pride of Africa.